» 04/15/2010, 00.00
Record growth (+11.9 per cent), but many fear bubble and unemployment
First quarter growth hits three-year record. Inflation remains low at 2.2 per cent in March. However, the real estate market enters bubble-bursting territory, with banks overexposed. Now attention turns to unemployment.
Chinese inflation remains high, economic growth slows
Inflation at 7.1% in June, while producer prices increase 8.8%, a more than 10-year record. China faces the dilemma of containing inflation without impairing production too seriously. Meanwhile, the worst energy crisis in years approaches.
Chinese growth slowing down again in May, Wen Jiabao voices concerns
The growth in manufacturing activity is slowing down because of the European debt crisis and government measures to rein in the real estate boom. In Tokyo, Chinese PM Wen warns against the dangers of a second slump, but believes China is on track.
2005 record year for China trade
The trade surplus tripled, reaching more than 100 billion US dollars. The data, released yesterday, will fuel calls for a revaluation of the yuan. But government economic bodies exclude this option to maintain high economic growth.
Meagre profits for luxury brands
The big western names, drawn by the economic boom and potential huge markets, are selling far less than predicted. Luxury cars are an exception.
Crisis in China: 64 million empty apartments
If the housing bubble bursts, millions of middle income families lose their savings. Premier Wen tells the Economic Forum in Tianjin, that "stabilizing house prices" is the "essential" duty for every local government. But experts doubt that local governments will collaborate.
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