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China May FDI Falls 1% From a Year Ago to $8.89 Billion

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Commercial and residential buildings in the Luohu district of Shenzhen, China on Dec. 18, 2013. Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

China’s foreign direct investment (FDI) fell 1% in May from a year earlier to 56.77 billion yuan, or $8.89 billion, the Commerce Ministry said on Sunday.

This is the first year-on-year decline since December, when FDI dropped 5.8% from the year ago month.

FDI rose 3.8% in January-May from a year earlier to 343.55 billion yuan, or $54.19 billion, the ministry said in a statement.

Earlier data showed FDI gained 6% in April from a year earlier, following a rise of 7.8% in March.

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The ministry has started releasing yuan-denominated FDI since early 2015, along with equivalent dollar figures based on its own conversion.

Foreign investment in the services sector rose 7% in January-May to 241.8 billion yuan, or $38.2 billion, accounting for 70.4% of all FDI, said the ministry, with investment in high-tech services jumping 94.7% year-on-year.

Investment in the manufacturing sector fell 3.2% in January-May to 98.9 billion yuan, or $15.5 billion, making up 28.8% of the total FDI, the ministry said.

FDI from the United States soared 140.2% in January-May from a year earlier while investment from Britain rose 110%, the ministry said.