Labor input indicator declined slightly, while technology input indicator rose

Shanghai – November 9, 2016 – The Mastercard Caixin BBD China New Economy Index (NEI) for October dipped to 29.2 along with a fall in capital input, which indicates the New Economy accounted for 29.2 percent of the overall economic input in October. This figure represents a 0.9 percentage point decrease from the September score of 30.1.

The NEI includes labor, capital and technology inputs, which account for 40 percent, 35 percent and 25 percent, respectively. As an important index for measuring economic development in China, the world’s largest market, the NEI is part of Mastercard’s global insight and research resources and a critical measurement tool that supports China’s economic growth in the ‘New Normal’.

The decline of the NEI in October was mainly caused by a fall in capital input, which has seen great fluctuations in the past six months. It declined to 27.9 in October after a rebound in September.

Labor input, which exceeded 30 to reach 31.4 for the first time in March before declining for the subsequent half year, dropped further to 28.9 – higher than in most months of 2015.

Technology input rose slightly to 31.3 in October.

The China New Economy Index was integrated with Mastercard in July 2016, and was subsequently renamed the “Mastercard Caixin BBD China New Economy Index”.

The NEI is the fruit of a research partnership between Caixin Insight Group and BBD, in collaboration with the National Development School, Peking University. The NEI for the previous month is released at 10:00 AM on the 2nd day of each month.

The NEI measures the level of activity of the New Economy during China’s economic transformation compared with the traditional economy, or the ‘old economy’. It covers 111 sectors in nine categories, including: energy saving and environmental protection; the new generation of the information technology and information services industry; biomedicine; high-end equipment manufacturing; new energy; new materials; new energy automotives; advanced technical services and research and development; as well as financial and legal services.

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