On December 20, People’s Daily published an article about the financial status of State Owned Enterprises (SOEs). The financial reports from SOEs showed that November year to date sales and profits were up 11.3 and 8.2 percent respectively compared to the same period last year. However their total debt was close to 60 trillion yuan (US$9.8 trillion), up 14.5 percent. The industries that saw growth in their profits include power, electronics, building construction, auto, and transportation. The industries that saw a decline in their profits include non-ferrous metals, coal, chemicals, and light industries.
Source: People’s Daily, December 20, 2013