June 20 – China's electronics manufacturing industry posted ¥2.48 trillion in revenues and ¥60.37 billion in net profits between January and April, up 10.4% and down 28% respectively from the same period a year ago, according to data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. No reasons were given for the decline in earnings
June 14 – China's home appliance manufacturing industry saw its profit rise 10.8% between January and April from a year earlier, although an addition 17.2% of industry players reported losses during the same period, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said, without revealing exact numbers.
June 9 – China's value added industrial output expanded 9.6% year on year in May; the rate was 0.3 percentage points faster than the month before, the National Bureau of Statistics said. In May, the growth of light industries was 9.8% and the growth of heavy industries was 9.1%; output from state-owned industrials was up 6.6%, up 2.3 percentage points from April, and output from non mainland-funded industrials was up 6.7%, up one percentage point from April.
June 9 – Fixed asset investment in China rose 20.1% year on year to ¥10.89 trillion in the five months of 2012; the rate was 0.1 percentage points slower than in the first four months, the National Bureau of Statistics said. Fixed asset investment in the primary sector was up 37.1% to ¥260.9 billion; fixed asset investment in the secondary sector was up 23.9% to ¥4.91 trillion; fixed asset investment in the tertiary sector was up 16.4% to ¥5.72 trillion.
June 1 – China's official purchasing managers index, a gauge of manufacturing activity, hit the lowest level in six months in May, making the case for the government to take bold actions to tackle the decelerating economy. The index published by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing reads 50.4 in May, down from 53.3 a month earlier, yet it was also the sixth straight month the reading was above the critical reading of 50.
June 1 – China's major steelmakers reported a combined ¥1.79 billion profit in April, down from ¥2.08 billion a month earlier and down 96.7% from April 2011, the China Iron & Steel Association said. They sold ¥316.66 billion worth of products in April, down 0.8% from a year ago. The industry's 17 largest loss-making mills lost ¥1.96 billion in April, ¥31.98 million more than a year ago.
May 31 – Output from China's pharmaceutical industry grew 14.9% year on year to ¥142.16 billion in April, the National Development and Reform Commission said. The amount jumped 20% year on year to ¥527.16 billion during the first four months of this year.
May 31 – Output from China's petrochemical industry expanded 14.7% year on year to ¥3.36 trillion in the first four months of 2012, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.
May 30 – Output from China's plastics industry grew 16.9% year on year to ¥476.2 billion in the first four months of 2012, according to the China Light Industries Association. In April alone, industrial plastic output was up 12.9%, eight percentage points slower than in March.
May 24 – China's manufacturing will probably contract for a seventh month in May as HSBC's preliminary purchasing managers index for the nation reads 48.7. The final reading was 49.3 in April. If confirmed, this will mark the longest streak since 2008 that the gauge remained below 50, a critical point dividing expansion from contraction.
May 11 – China's value added industrial output expanded 9.3% year on year in April, where the growth of light industries was 10.3% and the growth of the heavy industries was 8.9%, the National Bureau of Statistics said. Output from state-owned industrials was up 4.3% and output from non mainland-funded industrials was up 5.7%. All growth rates were slower than in March.
May 11 – China's producer price index declined 0.7% in April from a year ago, faster than the 0.3% drop recorded in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The continuous drop gives more room to stimulate the nation's slowing economy.
May 9 – As many as 5,580 electronics manufacturers, or 33.9% of all those tracked by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, reposted losses in the first two months of 2012, and the combined size of the losses soared 86.5% from the same period a year ago. The electronics industry's total profits were thus dragged down by 43.2% year on year to ¥19.4 billion between January and February despite revenues going up 6.2% to ¥1.08 trillion. The exit of a string of stimulus policies pounding the financial and real estate markets took the blame.
May 9 – Industrial output from China's textile manufacturing is expected to double 2011's ¥5 trillion and total textile exports are expected to hit $400 billion by 2020, the China Textile Industry Association said. It also predicted that spending on clothing in urban China would grow 12.5% annually between 2011 and 2020.
May 8 – Profits made by industrial firms in Guangdong, China's biggest provincial economy, tumbled 16.3% year on year to ¥76.04 billion in Q1 2012 following stymied domestic and foreign demand, the provincial statistics bureau said. It was the first such quarterly decline in the past three years, with 35% of all Chinese and foreign companies in the province operating in the red during the period. Industrial revenue in the province rose 4.8% to ¥1.94 trillion between January and March.
May 7 – Revenue from sales of high-end equipment is expected to exceed ¥6 trillion representing 15% of China's equipment manufacturing industry by 2015, according to a five-year plan released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
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