BEIJING, March 27 China's industrial profits
rose a combined 31.5 percent in January and February from the
same period a year earlier, the National Statistics Bureau said
in a statement on Monday.
The profit increase was mostly due to faster growth in
prices of coal, steel and crude oil, He Ping, a statistics
bureau official, said in a note accompanying the statement.
Liabilities of industrial firms rose 6.6 percent
year-on-year as of end-February, according to the statement.
(Reporting by Ryan Woo; Editing by Kim Coghill)