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National power use climbing

CHINA'S total power consumption in the first eight months of this year rose 0.36 percent to 2.34 trillion kilowatt-hours from the same period last year, said China's National Energy Administration yesterday.

This is the first time that accumulative power consumption has grown this year on an annual basis, said NEA.

Power consumption rose 8.22 percent to 346.22 billion kwh last month from a year earlier.

The year-on-year growth rate was 2.22 percentage points up from that of July.

China's power consumption resumed a month-on-month pick-up in April.

Power consumption in primary industries grew 6.29 percent to 64.14 billion kwh last month year on year and that of the service sector climbed 10.7 percent to 255.52 billion kwh.

But the power use of industry dipped 2.84 percent to 1.72 trillion kwh last month year on year.

"It's not surprising to see China's power use climb. Chinese August economic data released last week showed the country's economy has been recovering. Chinese enterprises are adding investment to expand production and thus have used more power," said Zhuang Jian, a senior economist with the Asian Development Bank.


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