Major industrial companies refer to those with an annual business turnover of at least 20 million yuan.
Specifically, profits of state-owned industrial firms dropped 23.5 percent from one year earlier to 783.81 billion yuan, while those of private ones shrank 5.3 percent year on year to 888.34 billion yuan.
With the implementation of policies and measures to coordinate epidemic prevention and control with economic and social development, the industrial sector continues to improve and firms profits continue to see rapid recovery growth, according to Zhu.
The growth widened 8.1 percentage points from that in June, said NBS senior statistician Zhu Hong.
Profits in 12 of the 41 surveyed industrial sectors rose compared with one year earlier, while 29 sectors saw their profits ll, according to the NBS.
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During the period, profits of the mining industry slumped 41.6 percent, and manucturing industry profits decreased by 4.5 percent.
In the first seven months of the year, the profits of major industrial firms declined 8.1 percent to 3.1 trillion yuan, narrowing 4.7 percentage points from that in the first six months.
Profits of Chinas major industrial firms in July totaled 589.5 billion yuan (about 85.56 billion U.S. dollars), increasing by 19.6 percent year on year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Thursday.