© Bloomberg. An under construction residential housing development in Shanghai, China, on Thursday, July 29, 2021. Chinese policy-making bodies collectively issued a three-year timeline for bringing “order” to the property sector, long under scrutiny due to an excessive buildup of leverage among home-buyers and developers. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) — Fitch Ratings lowered China’s economic growth projections for 2021 and 2022 as a slowdown in the property market weighs on domestic demand.
Gross domestic product is forecast to expand 8.1% this year, down from a previous projection of 8.4%, while the forecast for 2022 was cut to 5.2% from 5.5%, the ratings company said in a statement Thursday, based on its global report released last week.
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The cooling in the property sector is the key driver behind the forecast downgrades, although pandemic-related restrictions imposed in July and August also weighed on China’s recovery, it said.
Other highlights from the statement:
- Residential investment directly accounts for about 10% of GDP and property activity has large spill-overs to other industries
- The economic slowdown has already prompted a recalibration of macroeconomic policy settings, such as a call for acceleration in special bond issuance, but the moves will take some time to gain traction
- While Fitch Ratings does not expect reductions in benchmark interest rates, the reserve requirement ratio is likely to be cut again later this year following a 50 basis-point reduction in July
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