Full text of 2008 statistical communiqué of economic, social development
GOV.cn Friday, February 27, 2009

The National Bureau of Statistics of China published a communiqué entitled "Statistical Communiqué of the People's Republic of China on the 2008 National Economic and Social Development" on Thursday. Following is the full text:

Statistical Communiqué of the People's Republic of China on the 2008 National Economic and Social Development

National Bureau of Statistics of China  February 26, 2009

    In 2008, under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, the people of all nationalities of China, taking as the guidance of Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of "Three Represents", implemented earnestly the scientific approach to the economic and social development. They united as one with indomitable spirit to fight against the natural disasters and international financial crisis. National economy kept fast growth and all social undertakings achieved new progress.

I. General Outlook

    In 2008, the gross domestic product (GDP) of the year was 30,067.0 billion yuan, up by 9.0 percent over the previous year. Analyzed by different industries, the value added of the primary industry was 3,400.0 billion yuan, up by 5.5 percent, that of the secondary industry was 14,618.3 billion yuan, up by 9.3 percent and the tertiary industry was 12,048.7 billion yuan, up by 9.5 percent. The value added of the primary industry accounted for 11.3 percent of the GDP, up by 0.2 percentage point over that in the pervious year, that of the secondary industry accounted for 48.6 percent, up by 0.1 percentage point, and that of the tertiary industry accounted for 40.1 percent, down by 0.3 percentage point.

Graphics shows the figure of Gross Domestic Product of China and its growth from 2004 to 2008 issued by National Bureau of Statistics of China on Feb. 26, 2009. (Xinhua/National Bureau of Statistics of China)

Graphics shows the figure of Gross Domestic Product of China and its growth from 2004 to 2008 issued by National Bureau of Statistics of China on Feb. 26, 2009. (Xinhua/National Bureau of Statistics of China)

    The general level of consumer prices in China was up by 5.9 percent over the previous year. Of this total, the prices for food went up by 14.3 percent. The prices for investment in fixed assets were up by 8.9 percent. The producer prices for manufactured goods increased by 6.9 percent, of which, the prices for means of production increased by 7.7 percent, and for means of subsistence grew by 4.1 percent. The purchasing prices for raw materials, fuels and power went up by 10.5 percent. The producer prices for farm products were up by 14.1 percent. The prices for means of agricultural production were up by 20.3 percent. The sales prices for housing in 70 large and medium-sized cities were up by 6.5 percent, of which, that for new residential buildings went up by 7.1 percent, for second hand housing grew by 6.2 percent, and the prices for rental and leasing were up by 1.4 percent.

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Editor: Pliny Han
Source: Xinhua