Chinese Power Consumption Collapses: Economic Growth Slowest Since Early 2009
Not much to add here. If there still is any confusion why China is desperately manipulating its economic data, so balatantly in fact that virtually everyone has now noticed, this chart should put all doubt to rest. According to CLSA's Chris Wood using NEA data, China's monthly power consumption (the most accurate proxy for underlying economic strength according to the current premier) growth slowed from 5.5% YoY in Jan-Feb 2013 to 1.9% YoY in March, the slowest growth rate since May 2009 (as discussed in-depth here).
And just to make CNBC's life easier, we will prespin this data: the lack of growth merely shows there is much pent up growth on the sidelines, even if the country is now injecting more debt to just maintain the flatline, than ever.
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