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China’s power use climbs

CHINA’S electricity consumption, an important indicator of economic activity, rose significantly in the first two months of this year, suggesting economic improvement, official data showed yesterday.

Power use rose 6.3 percent year on year to 935.6 billion kilowatt-hours in January and February, data with the National Energy Administration showed.

In the first two months, electricity use by primary industry climbed 12 percent from a year earlier. Power consumption by secondary industry gained 6.7 percent, while tertiary industry rose 7.3 percent amid economic restructuring.

Residential power consumption grew 3.5 percent year on year, which compared with 11.8 percent growth a year earlier, largely due to diminishing usage during the warm winter.

The rise in power use in secondary industries, compared with negative growth in the same period of last year, showed continued growth of China’s industrial sector, said experts.

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