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China Economic Growth Slows in 2012:Q2

Economics / China Economy Jul 14, 2012 - 12:26 PM GMT

By: Asha_Bangalore

Economics

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleReal GDP for China slowed to a 7.6% pace from a year ago in the second quarter compared with an 8.1% increase in the first quarter. The latest read on GDP growth in China is the slowest since the first quarter of 2009 not only on a year-to-year basis but also on a quarterly basis (See Chart 3), with the second quarter gain at 6.4%.


Chart 3

The two important questions are: (1) Do Chinese policy makers have room for policy accommodation? (2) What is the global impact of the recent trend?

The important advantage of China is that the authorities have ample wiggle room to manage policy. Inflation is trending down after the aggressive monetary policy actions of 2010 and 2011 and has allowed the People’s Bank of China to lower reserve requirements and cut the policy rate twice in the a short span of time in June and July 2012.

Chart 4

With respect to the second question, if the decelerating trend of China’s imports persists, it would portend setbacks to growth among its trading partners.

Chart 5

Asha Bangalore — Senior Vice President and Economist

http://www.northerntrust.com

Asha Bangalore is Vice President and Economist at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. Prior to joining the bank in 1994, she was Consultant to savings and loan institutions and commercial banks at Financial & Economic Strategies Corporation, Chicago.

Copyright © 2012 Asha Bangalore

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of The Northern Trust Company. The Northern Trust Company does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of information contained herein, such information is subject to change and is not intended to influence your investment decisions.


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