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Housing, Covid Woes See JPMorgan Cut China Growth Forecasts

JPMorgan has revised its full year 2022 GDP growth forecast for the world’s No2 economy down to 3.0% from 3.2%

Employees work on the production line at Jingjin filter press factory in Dezhou, Shandong province, China August 25, 2022. REUTERS/Siyi Liu
Employees working on the production line at Jingjin filter press factory in Dezhou, Shandong province, China. Photo: Reuters


JPMorgan has clipped its forecast for China’s economic growth this year, pointing to the country’s troubled housing sector and new Covid outbreaks hitting its production centres. 

JPM revised its full year 2022 gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast to 3.0% from 3.2% on Friday, and revised its 2023 forecast to 4.6% from 5.1% previously.


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The cut to the forecast takes JPM’s estimate further below the 5.5% growth target Beijing said it hopes to reach in 2022. 

“Our baseline assumption expects a shift away from zero-Covid policy next spring,” JPMorgan’s analysts said. 

“While this will help permanently remove the Covid-uncertainty faced by the economy, the transitional period could observe a spike in new infections, volatility in public sentiment and temporary drags on economic performance.”


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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