Progress within the three months ending in December rose to six.5% over a yr earlier, up from the earlier quarter’s 4.9%, in accordance with official knowledge launched Monday.
Exercise contracted by 6.8% within the first quarter in 2020 as factories and outlets shut right down to struggle the virus. The next quarter, China turned the primary main nation to develop once more with a 3.2% enlargement after the Communist Party declared victory over the virus in March and reopened the economic system.
That was China’s weakest progress in many years however forward of america and different main economies. They’ve but to report 2020 progress however all are on monitor to point out full-year exercise contracting earlier than vaccines are rolled out and commerce returns to regular.
China has re-imposed controls on journey in some areas after a spate of circumstances this month however a lot of the nation is unaffected.
Progress was aided by international demand for Chinese language-made masks and different medical provides. Exports rose 3.6% final yr regardless of a tariff struggle with Washington. Exporters took market share from overseas rivals that also confronted anti-virus restrictions.
The Worldwide Financial Fund and different forecasters count on financial progress to rise additional this yr to above 8%.