IMF Lifts China growth forecast to 5% citing fast start to 2024

The International Monetary Fund now expects China’s economy to grow 5% this year, raising its forecast from 4.6% earlier this year to reflect a strong expansion at the start of 2024 and additional support from the government.

Bloomberg
First Published29 May 2024
The International Monetary Fund raises its forecast for China's economic growth to 5% for 2024, citing strong expansion and government support.
The International Monetary Fund raises its forecast for China’s economic growth to 5% for 2024, citing strong expansion and government support.(Reuters)

(Bloomberg) -- The International Monetary Fund now expects China’s economy to grow 5% this year, raising its forecast from 4.6% earlier this year to reflect a strong expansion at the start of 2024 and additional support from the government. 

The Fund expects the momentum to continue, raising its gross domestic product forecast for next year to 4.5% from 4.1%, according to a press release published Wednesday. China is targeting growth of around 5% this year. In the first quarter it reported a better-than-expected expansion of 5.3%, although a drawn-out slump in housing continues to weigh on domestic demand. 

“We certainly are seeing that consumption is recovering but it has some ways to go,” the Fund’s First Deputy Managing Director Gita Gopinath said in an interview with Bloomberg News earlier this week. “The strength we’re seeing in public investment remains. Private investment is still weak, mainly because of the weakness in the property sector.”

The IMF has called on Beijing to provide more monetary and fiscal support for the economy, including further steps to resolve the housing crisis, which has persisted despite repeated efforts by authorities to put a floor under prices and boost demand. 

In the IMF’s Wednesday statement, Gopinath said the priority should be to “mobilize central government resources to protect buyers of pre-sold unfinished homes and accelerate the completion of unfinished pre-sold housing, paving the way for resolving insolvent developers.”

Earlier this month Chinese officials announced a new effort to shore up real estate markets, easing down-payment requirements for buyers and providiing 300 billion ($42 billion) of central bank funding to help local governments purchase excess inventory from developers.

Gopinath said more is needed. “Fiscal policy should prioritize providing one-off central government financial support for the real estate sector,” she said in the statement, while low inflation means there’s also room for further monetary easing.

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