BEIJING Nov 15 Combined profits at China's
state-owned non-financial enterprises fell 8.3 percent in the
first 10 months of 2012 from a year earlier, easing from an
annual fall of 11.4 percent in the January-September period, the
Ministry of Finance said on Thursday.
It followed a raft of economic data last week, which showed
China's economy strode further along the road of recovery.
State-owned non-financial firms, defined as those controlled
by Beijing and local governments, made a combined profit of 1.75
trillion yuan ($281.12 billion) in the first 10 months, the
ministry said in a statement on its website, www.mof.gov.cn
Total profits of those state-owned firms rose 1.7 percent in
October compared to September, it added.
Firms in petrochemical, non-ferrous metals, building
material, transportation and machinery industries suffered a big
drop in profits in the first 10 months, while power, tobacco,
automobile and electronics industries posted strong earnings
Total inventories at state-owned firms rose 17.4 percent in
the first 10 months from a year ago, increasing slightly from
17.3 percent seen between January and September.
China's state firms still retain their dominance in key
industries although the government has been trying to open up
such sectors to private investment to help rebalance the
China's big state-owned enterprises argued for continued
expansion last week, defending themselves against charges that
their firms are in urgent need of reform.
($1 = 6.2252 Chinese yuan)
(Reporting By Xiaoyi Shao and Nick Edwards; Editing by Kim