China's power consumption rises 10.4pc in Sept
BEIJING: The National Energy Administration said China's electricity consumption rose 10.4 percent year on year in September, Xinhua news agency reported.
The growth, although lower than August's 13.7-percent rise, accelerated from the 8.8-percent increase in July and 2.9-percent growth in September 2012.
The slowdown was more marked in the industrial sector, with growth of power consumption for industrial use rising to 8.1 percent year on year last month, lower than August's 12-percent increase.
Total power consumption in the first nine months of the year rose 7.2 percent to 3.95 trillion kilowatt hours (kwh), the energy administration said.
During the same period, electricity use by primary industry totalled 77.6 billion kwh, up 0.1 percent year on year. Power consumption by secondary industry reached 2.87 trillion kwh, up 6.5 percent while that by tertiary industry marked the highest rate of growth at 10.9 percent totalling 475.8 billion kwh.
The latest data along with previous indicators reinforced signs of a gradual recovery in the world's second largest economy, albeit at a modest growth rate.
China's economic growth slowed to 7.5 percent in the second quarter of the year, from 7.7 percent in the first quarter and 7.9 percent in the final quarter of 2012.
China is scheduled to release its third-quarter growth rate on Friday.
Previously released data showed the country's manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to a 17-month high of 51.1 percent in September, standing above the boom-bust line of 50 percent for 12 consecutive months. -- BERNAMA