Covid-19 took a chunk out of China’s retail sales and industrial production in July, official data showed Monday, with a rebound of Covid-19 dragging on demand while recent floods disrupted businesses.
The world’s second-largest economy staged a rapid recovery from last year’s coronavirus outbreak, beating back the virus with mass testing and strict lockdowns.
But a flare-up across the country due to the Delta variant has threatened the good news on growth with renewed localised lockdowns and extensive travel restrictions, reports Agence France-Presse.
Retail sales rose 8.5 percent on-year in July, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Monday, below a Bloomberg consensus forecast of analysts.
This figure was also below 12.1 percent growth in June, likely reflecting the virus resurgence in dozens of places last month, according to analysts.
“The spread of domestic outbreaks and natural disasters have affected the economy of some regions, and economic…