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Posted on Feb 20, 05:08PM | IANS
Beijing, Feb 20 : Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow into China shrank by 7.3 percent year on year to $9.27 billion in the first month of 2013, the commerce ministry said Wednesday.
The pace of decline quickened from 4.5 percent registered for December. The country's FDI inflow has been declining since June as the global economy falters and China's labor costs increase, reported Xinhua.
In January, the manufacturing sector, which received the largest share of China's FDI, used a total of $4.43 billion of overseas investment, down 5.8 percent year on year, commerce ministry data showed.
FDI for the service sector marked a greater decline. The sector used $4.03 billion of overseas investment in January, down 9.8 percent year on year. Particularly, FDI in the property sector dipped 14 percent year on year, the data indicated.
Although the January FDI figures have dropped, there are some positive signs, commerce ministry spokesman Shen Danyang told a press conference here.
In January, the European Union invested a total of $820 million in Chinese enterprises, up 81.8 percent from a year ago. A total of 140 new enterprises were founded in China on EU investment, up 30.8 percent year on year.