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Manufacturing struggles despite subsidies
An even bigger miss for retail sales
Real estate still a killer for FAI
Monetary easing won’t do anything
A modest rebound for Japan in Q2
Official data came closer to the truth than expected, showing a very weak Q2 for Chinese GDP.
June activity data showed a stronger bounce than anticipated, but this seems unsustainable.
Stimulus remains unequal to the task of reviving growth, and the target now looks doomed.
More of a slowdown for GDP than expected
A strong month for manufacturing, but momentum is fading
Subsidies pulled forward retail sales growth
Property continues to weigh on fixed asset investment
The reopening bounce for real estate proved underwhelming
Reopening has proceeded faster than we expected in China, prompting a larger immediate rebound.
Industrial production in particular has benefitted from a return to normal, and an export backlog.
Subsidies helped to prop up retail sales, but likely reallocated, rather than boosted, consumption.
Clearing the export backlog boosted industrial production
Flickers of stimulus in FAI data
Chinese consumers prove more resilient than expected
Inflation data hint at weak domestic demand, but also point to disinflationary pressures from China.
Food prices are the main driver of CPI inflation, but the PBoC target will only briefly be breached.
Bank lending has turned a corner, but it doesn’t look like the private sector is benefitting.
We are lowering our Chinese GDP forecast, as the data for April were closer to reality than expected.
Prolonged zero-Covid restrictions risk permanent economic scarring, limiting any rebound.
China’s property sector is a separate—and over- looked—drag on activity, and set to persist.
China's economy beat expectations in Q1, but is still falling short of the 2022 growth target.
The GDP data probably overstate economic growth, but either way things will get worse in Q2.
The battle with Covid is proving extremely costly; it will necessitate more stimulus, and soon.
A dilemma for policymakers
Factory closures weighed on industrial production
Infrastructure supported sagging FAI, but not for much longer
The biggest Covid casualty will continue to bleed out
China's inflation outlook remains very different to most major economies, despite the energy shock.
The PBoC is able to ease further, with inflation far from its target, but is proving reluctant.
Private sector demand for credit still looks soft, and the PBoC’s power is limited, absent fiscal action.
A state-led recovery in investment...
…likely rippled through to the rest of the economy
Is the data reliable?
Manufacturing props up Q4 growth as quarterly momentum improves
Industrial production sprints into the finish
Property was still a hefty headwind in December
A terrible month for the consumer
A modest policy salve
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