Coronavirus: China’s industrial firms’ profits plummeted almost 40 per cent at start of 2020 squib

Profits at China’s industrial firms plummeted 38.3 per cent from a year ago in the first two months of 2020, with the biggest loss on record offering fresh evidence of the overwhelming impact of the coronavirus on the world’s second largest economy.Earnings for large companies with annual revenue of more than 20 million yuan from their main operations tumbled to 410.7 billion yuan (US$56 million) for January and February, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Friday…
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