Weekly snapshot of China's progress on business resumption
Amid the further containment of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), China is striving to get back to work and resume business and production. The following are the highlights of the past week:
-- AUTO MARKET
China's auto market maintained recovery momentum last month, with both production and sales registering double-digit growth, industry data showed Friday.
Total output reached 2.33 million units in June, up 22.5 percent year on year, while sales hit 2.3 million units, up 11.6 percent.
The month-on-month growth of output and sales stood at 6.3 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively, sustaining a warming-up momentum.
During the first half of the year, China's auto production and sales stood at 10.11 million units and 10.26 million units, down 16.8 percent and 16.9 percent year on year, respectively.
-- CIVIL AVIATION INDUSTRY
China's civil aviation industry gradually recovered in June as key indicators reported narrowing declines from a month ago, data from the country's aviation regulator showed Friday.
Airlines flew a total of 30.74 million passengers last month, down 42.4 percent year on year. The decline narrowed 10.2 percentage points from May.
In the first half of the year, air passenger numbers came in at 150 million, equivalent to 45.8 percent of the volume seen during the same period last year.
Domestic routes saw 140 million passengers while international routes reported 8.52 million, equivalent to 48.6 percent and 23.5 percent of the respective volume seen for the same period last year, the data showed.
-- COURIER SECTOR
China's courier sector registered robust growth in the first half of 2020 after a quick recovery from a COVID-19 downturn, official data showed Thursday.
As business activities resumed, the business volume of the sector saw an average growth rate of 22.5 percent in H1, almost the same as the average level of last year.
In the second quarter, some 240 million parcels were handled every day, equal to the highest level during the same period reported in 2019.