China's coal production logs steady growth in January-July

BEIJING - China's output of raw coal went up 3.6 percent year-on-year in the first seven months of this year, official data showed.

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View of a coal site operated by CHN Energy Investment Group in Cangzhou, Hebei province, in July. [Fu Xinchun/For China Daily]

The country produced 2.67 billion tons of raw coal during the period, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

In July alone, China's raw coal output edged up 0.1 percent year-on-year to 380 million tons.

The country imported 260 million tons of coal in the January-July period, up 88.6 percent from the same period last year, the data revealed.