Chinese Industrial Profit Growth Continues to Slow in September

(Bloomberg) -- Profit growth in Chinese industrial enterprises slowed for a fifth month amid the ongoing U.S.-China trade spat and a weakening domestic economy.

Industrial profits rose 4.1 percent in September from a year earlier, versus a 9.2 percent increase in August. Total profits for the month were 545.5 billion yuan ($78.6 billion), the National Bureau of Statistics said Saturday.

The slowdown comes as industrial output growth and factory inflation decelerated last month from a year earlier. Profit for the first nine months rose 14.7 percent from a year earlier to 4.97 trillion yuan.

“In the first nine months, 34 of 41 industrial sectors saw profit rising year-on-year,” the bureau said in a statement released with the data.

The official year-on-year growth rate for profits is increasingly being called into question this year for diverging from growth calculated from the nominal profit figures, which also come from the bureau.

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