China’s Economy: Ups and Downs in October

Published Date: November 15, 2023, Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Good news and some not-so-great news from China’s economic front in October. People bought more stuff, with retail sales going up by 7.6%, beating what experts thought would happen. This shows that folks are spending money and the economy is doing okay.

Factories were also busy, making more things than before. Industrial production increased by 4.6%, which is the fastest it’s grown since April. This is a positive sign that businesses are picking up the pace.

But, there are some mixed signals too. Investments in things like buildings and machinery didn’t go up as much as expected, only by 2.9%. This tells us that some businesses might be a bit cautious about the future.

China’s government pointed out that people in the country aren’t buying enough things locally, and companies are facing challenges because not many people want what they’re making. The official measure of factory activity unexpectedly went down, and prices for some things, like pork, went down too, causing deflation.

The real estate business, which is all about houses and buildings, is having a tough time. Property sales went down by 7.8% in October, and a big property developer called Country Garden is having money troubles, putting pressure on the government to do something.

The government is trying to help without directly giving money to the property business. They are doing things like cutting interest rates and making it easier to buy real estate. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), a global economic organization, thinks these steps will help China’s economy grow by 5.4% this year.

But, Chinese people aren’t spending as much as expected. During a big online shopping day called Singles’ Day in November, sales only went up by 2.1%, showing that people are being careful with their money.

China’s leaders have a tricky job ahead – they need to keep the economy growing while also dealing with problems in the property market and encouraging people to spend more. The next few months will be important to see how things shape up.

Yuval Noah Harari

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