With the Novel Coronavirus outbreak still not subsided, Hong Kong social unrest unsettled and US-China trade still unresolved, there seems to be plenty to worry about.
It is turning out to be an eventful late 2019 and early 2020. Interesting times to say the least.
I have found some interesting charts.
- Crowd Size of the Hong Kong Protests (see below. Source: China’s Year in 10 Charts – read here)
- Auto sales in China plunged 92% during the first two weeks of February 2020 (see below. Source: Ironically, It Needs To Get Worse – read here)
- Preliminary visitor arrivals data for February show average daily traffic to the city plummeted to fewer than 3,000 people, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board. That’s an almost 99% decline from just shy of 200,000 a day during the same period last year, data compiled by Bloomberg show. (See below. Source: Hong Kong Arrivals to Plunge 99% in February on Virus – read here)
- Retail sales in protest-ravaged Hong Kong fell 23.6 percent in November 2019 on an annual basis, the tenth consecutive month of decline, the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) of the government of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region said on Friday. (See below. Source: Hong Kong’s November retail sales down 23.6% – read here)
- The Hong Kong economy contracted 2.9% year-on-year in the last quarter of 2019, following a downwardly revised 2.8% fall in the previous period, due to weak domestic and external demand amid violent anti-government protests and the US-China trade war. (See below. Source: Hong Kong GDP Annual Growth Rate – read here)
- Rates for giant Capesize ships, typically used to carry raw materials such as iron ore, plunged 90% from a September peak to less than $4,000 a day based on an index that tracks their earnings. (See below. Source: Commodity Shipping Costs Fall 99.95% After Virus Slams Market– read here)
- The 6.1 percent rate is a sharp drop from the 6.6 percent the year before and marks the third straight drop …(See below. Source: Chinese economic growth hits three-decade low – read here)
- New apartment sales crashed 90% in the first week of February over the same period last year. Sales of existing homes in 8 cities plunged 91% over the same period. (See below. Source: ‘Worse Impact Than SARS’ – China Home Sales Crash In First Week Of February – read here)