China's Sputtering Engine: July 2010
Looking at the latest release of the OECD economic indicators for China, it appears that the massive jump in economic activity seen since the panicky period of late 2008 has drawing to a close. China’s leading economic indicator has now declined for eight consecutive months with the latest July period showing a notable month-to-month decline of 0.18% bringing the latest level 0.03% below the level seen in July 2009. Looking at past recessionary periods, it’s important to note that while China’s economy is clearly slowing, it will take some time to determine the severity. We may be seeing the beginnings of an abrupt pullback of equal and opposite force to that of the government sponsored propping applied during 2009 or simply a slowing of a more durable overall recovery as was seen during the periods following the 1990s and early 2000s recessionary periods.
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