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By Sun Lizhao, Sun Liangzi and Tang Ziyi / May 02, 2019 11:36 AM / Economy

Photo: China News Service

Photo: China News Service

China’s national rail operator has reported its best annual performance ever.

China Railway Corp. (CRC) brought in net profit of 2 billion yuan ($300 million) last year, an increase of 12.4% year-on-year. Revenue rose 7.89% to 1.1 trillion yuan.

The majority of the revenue came from transportation services, with freight business rising 11.5% to 352 billion yuan, while gains from the passenger business grew at a similar rate to 357 billion yuan, CRC said in its earnings report released on Tuesday.

The strong performance is in line with its surging annual freight volume, which saw an increase of 9.1% to 4 billion tons in 2018, according to an earlier company report.

CRC had been stuck in a sluggish freight demand between 2012 and 2016. However, the company’s luck picked up in 2017 after authorities began pushing for companies to use rail transport in some northern regions more so than road transport, as part of an effort to curb air pollution.

Related: Cost of Moving Coal, Ore by Rail Slashed in Northern China

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