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Chinese Government Officials May Have Leaked Key Economic Data

June 9th, 2010 Michael McDonough

“Dear all: One Chinese official apparently leaks May macro data According to Reuters, a senior Chinese government official leaked some key macro data during an internal investor conference. If confirmed, it will be one of the largest leakages in China in two years. Official numbers are yet to be released. Relevant numbers are for CPI, PPI, Industrial production, FAI, Exports, new loans, and M2. The most surprising number is the 52% export growth, though people are deeply (in our view, not so necessarily) concerned about the 3.1% CPI inflation which for the first time this year surpassed the targeted annual target at 3%.”  -Ting Lu (陆挺), Ph.D., CFA (Bank of America – Merrill Lynch)

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