BEIJING, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- China's new yuan-denominated lending was just under 8.9 trillion yuan (1.5 trillion U.S. dollars) in 2013, up 688 billion yuan year on year, the central bank announced on Wednesday.
New loans denominated in foreign currencies hit 584.8 billion in 2013, representing a year-on-year decrease of 331.5 billion yuan, according to Sheng Songcheng, financial survey and statistics chief at the People's Bank of China.
Total social financing, a measure of funds raised by entities in the real economy, stood at 17.3 trillion yuan last year, up 1.53 trillion yuan from a year earlier and a record high.
The new yuan lending took about 51.4 percent of the social financing, the lowest amount in history and 0.6 percentage point lower than the previous year.
China's forex reserves reach 3.82 trillion USD
BEIJING, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- China's foreign exchange reserves rose to 3.82 trillion U.S. dollars at the end of 2013, 509.7 billion U.S. dollars more than a year earlier, a central bank official said on Wednesday. Full story
China's power consumption accelerates in 2013
BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- China's electricity consumption, a key indicator of economic activity, rose 7.5 percent year on year in 2013, the National Energy Administration said on Tuesday.
Electricity used in 2013 stood at 5.32 trillion kilowatt hours, according to a statement on the administration's website. Full story