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Iris Pang, economist at ING, notes that China’s industrial firms profits jumped by 13.9% year on year in March but was -3.3% in 1Q19, due to the drag from the14% decline in the first two months of 2019.

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“The big difference of profit growth between March and 1Q19 is probably because of the strong yuan loan growth in March at 51%YoY, especially loans for small private firms, which is a policy objective directed from the central government.”

“Account receivables rose 6.5%YoY at the end of March. This means there are manufacturers that still cannot fulfil their payments, and this remains a key risk in the manufacturing sector as a whole.”

“We think the government probably sees this risk too, and therefore is likely to continue to use strong credit growth to support small private manufacturers.”