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The profits of industrial companies with annual revenues of more than 20 million yuan ($3.24 million) hit 436.68 billion yuan in April, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said in a statement.
In the first four months, their profits rose 11.4 per cent year on year to 1.61 trillion yuan.
Private enterprise led growth, with combined profits up 17.9 per cent year on year in the first four months.
In contrast, state-run firms reported the slowest growth rate of 2.7 per cent during the period.
Profits in the petroleum and natural gas extraction businesses retreated 7.9 per cent year on year in the first four months.