China's Industrial Output Up 20.1%

At 547 billion yuan or (US$68 billion), China's industrial output rose 20.1% in February from the same month last year, the National Bureau of Statistics said March 27.

Production of basic raw materials appeared to lift growth last month, with iron ore production up 36.8% and cement rising 31.9%.

The release of the figures follows the publication earlier in March of industrial output data for the first two months of the year combined, which showed a 16.2%.

The Chinese government has been striving for years to keep growth at a moderate level in order to avoid an overheated economy.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2006

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