Foreign investment in China falls in September
BEIJING (AP) - Foreign investment in China fell again in September and a government spokesman said on Friday it was too early to forecast a recovery in trade.
The decline in foreign direct investment added to mixed signals about the health of China's economy following Thursday's report that growth slowed to 7.4 per cent in the latest quarter. Retail sales and factory output improved, prompting suggestions a recovery might be taking shape.
Foreign direct investment fell 6.8 per cent from a year earlier to US$8.4 billion (S$10.2 billion), the Ministry of Commerce reported. FDI includes investment in factories and other assets but excludes stocks and other financial assets.
Ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said it was too early to say trade growth is recovering from its slump despite a 9.9 per cent rise in exports in September. Mr Shen said global conditions were still difficult and uncertain.