BEIJING — China’s major industrial firms reported slower profit growth in the first 11 months of this year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Dec 27.
Businesses with annual revenue of more than 20 million yuan (about $3 million) reported profits of 6.88 trillion yuan in the first 11 months, a 21.9-percent increase from one year earlier, the NBS said in a statement.
The growth marked a mild slowdown from 23.3 percent in the January-October period. In November alone, the profits were up by 14.9 percent, down from 25.1 percent during the previous month.
NBS statistician He Ping said slowing price growth bit into corporate profits. “Primary calculation showed price changes ... reduced profits by 94.4 billion yuan month on month, dragging down the profit increase by 13.8 percentage points.”
But he stressed that business performance continued to improve, citing dropping costs, faster capital turnover and lower corporate leverage.