Coal output increases in December 2022

China's raw coal output posted stable expansion in December 2022, official data showed.

The country produced 400 million tonnes of raw coal in December, up 2.4% year on year, according to

the National Bureau of Statistics.

The growth rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than that of November, the bureau said.

In 2022, the raw coal output was 9% higher than a year earlier at 4.5 billion tonnes, said the bureau.

China's coal imports stood at 290 million tonnes in 2022, down 9.2% year on year, the data revealed.