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Friday, August 15, 2008

China Investment In Fixed Assets Accelerates

China's factory and property spending growth accelerated in July, fueled by rebuilding after the Sichuan earthquake in May and snowstorms in January and February. Urban fixed-asset investment rose 27.3 percent to 7.22 trillion yuan ($1 trillion) year on year in July, according to the latest data from the Chinese statistics bureau, after gaining 26.8 percent in the first half. China is at the present time busy rebuilding roads, power lines, factories and homes after the worst snowstorms in half a century and an earthquake that killed more than 69,000 people.

Railway spending climbed 35.8 percent in the first seven months to 105 billion yuan, up from 20.4 percent for the first half. China plans to spend 3.8 trillion yuan on transportation infrastructure in its five-year plan running through 2010.

Growth in spending in real-estate development slowed to 30.9 percent from 33.5 percent. Ferrous-metals investment climbed 31.6 percent from 27.5 percent. Non-ferrous metals rose 40.5 percent after climbing 39.2 percent.

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