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Electricity usage grows 7.8% in April

CHINA’S electricity consumption picked up in April with a 7.8 percent year-on-year growth, official data showed yesterday.

Electricity consumption stood at 521.7 billion kilowatt-hours last month, said the National Energy Administration.

The 7.8-percent gain was faster than the 3.6-percent growth in March.

In April, electricity use in the service and agriculture sectors both rose 10.8 percent on-year, with the industrial sector climbing 7.2 percent.

Total electricity use from January to April totaled 2.1 trillion kilowatt-hours, up 9.3 percent from the same period last year.

The new data was unveiled a day before China releases a slew of key economic indicators for April, with analysts expecting a broad recovery in industrial output, investment and consumption in the world’s second largest economy.


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