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Coronavirus Insights: China’s GDP Drops for the First Time in Decades; March Retail Sales Fall, but Pace of Decline Eases


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As coronavirus lockdowns ease in China, we review a number of newly released economic metrics to consider the impacts of the outbreak and the shape of the recovery that is emerging:

  • In the first quarter or 2020, GDP fell for the first time in decades—we look at the pace of decline.
  • Retail sales continued to decline in March 2020—we review the sequential changes versus prior months and assess the changes in retail sales by sector, including food/grocery, apparel, beauty, electronics and home goods. We also look at the emerging shape of the recovery in China retail sales and consumer demand.
  • Industrial production declined in March 2020—and we consider what that tells us about the likely shape of the economic recovery.

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