China’s electricity consumption in October rose 9.5 percent to 437.5 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) from a year earlier, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday. However, the growth rate was slower than the 10.4 percent rise in September and the 13.7 percent increase in August, according to data from the National Energy Administration. For the 10 months to October, electricity consumption rose 7.4 percent to 4.38 trillion kilowatt-hours from a year earlier. During the period, power consumption in the primary industry sector edged down 0.5 percent, but it was up 6.7 percent in the secondary industries and up 10.6 percent in the tertiary industries, the report said.
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