China's industrial output rose 6% year on year in May, unchanged from April, official data showed Monday.
The pace of increase slowed from 6.8 percent registered in March and 6.1% posted in the same month of last year, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Value-added industrial output, one of the leading indicators for economic growth, rose 0.45% in May from April, according to China's (Xinhua) News Agency.
In the first five months, industrial output grew 5.9% from one year earlier, up from 5.8% registered during the January-April period.
Value-added industrial output measures the output of Chinese companies with annual revenues above 20 million yuan (about 3 million US dollars).
The output of the hi-tech and equipment manufacturing industries maintained strong growth, rising 11.5% and 8.5%, according to NBS.
Manufacturing output expanded 7.2% in May. Mining output fell 2.3% and the output of the electricity, heating, gas and water sectors grew 2.4%, the NBS said.