China’s fiscal revenue growth quickens as economy recovers
BEIJING – China’s fiscal revenue rose 11.9 percent in the first four months of 2023 from the same period a year earlier, accelerating sharply from a 0.5-percent rise in January-March, official data showed, as the economy stages a gradual but uneven post-COVID recovery.
Fiscal revenue totaled 8.32 trillion yuan ($1.20 trillion)in the first four months while fiscal expenditure grew 6.8 percent to 8.64 trillion yuan, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
In April, fiscal revenue jumped about 70 percent from a year earlier, accelerating sharply from a 5.5- percent rise in March, according to Reuters calculations based on the ministry’s data.
The world’s second-largest economy is recovering after three years of stringent COVID-19 curbs, but April data suggested the economy lost momentum at the beginning of the second quarter.
Analysts expect China’s economy to grow nearly 8 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, quickening from the first quarter’s 4.5 percent pace, partly as it is coming off a low base last year when there were widespread COVID lockdowns.
($1 = 6.9121 Chinese yuan renminbi)