Foreign investments to China fall slightly

Foreign investments to China fall slightly

BEIJING - Agence France-Presse
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in China fell in January for the third straight month as European investment plunged amid the deepening debt crisis across the continent, official data showed yesterday.
Investment by overseas companies fell 0.3 percent year-on-year to $10 billion last month, the commerce ministry said, compared with $12.2 billion in December.

Inward investment from Europe fell 42.49 percent from a year earlier to $452 million, while US investment rose 29.05 percent to $342 million.

Investment from countries in the Asian Pacific region rose 0.77 percent to $8.59 billion.

Impact of Chinese New Year

Analysts have warned that economic data for January may be distorted by the unusually early Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, which fell in January.

Many companies in the country close their doors during the week-long break, also known as the Spring Festival, so employees can travel home to celebrate the most important festival in the Chinese calendar with their families.

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