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China Economy Grows 4.9 percent In Third Quarter, Moving Closer To PrenPandemic Levels

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China Economy, Coronavirus recovery

China's GDP grows 4.9%: The world's second-largest economy grew slightly below expectations in the July-September period, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data showed, while it cautioned of uncertainty ahead as "the international environment is still complicated".

China's economy grew 4.9 per cent on-year in the third quarter, sustaining its rebound from bruising virus lockdowns and moving closer to pre-pandemic levels, official data showed Monday. The world's second-largest economy grew slightly below expectations in the July-September period, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data showed, while it cautioned of uncertainty ahead as "the international environment is still complicated".

The country's recovery has so far put it on track to be the only major economy expanding this year, according to International Monetary Fund forecasts, while nations around the world continue to struggle with lockdowns and new waves of infections.

Analysts polled by AFP earlier pegged third-quarter growth in China, where the coronavirus first surfaced, at 5.2 per cent from a year ago, up from the second quarter's 3.2 per cent rise.

China's Communist leadership has hailed its handling of the virus, giving experimental vaccines to hundreds of thousands of its citizens as it seeks to reframe the pandemic's origin story.

People in China are back out shopping, travelling and eating -- in stark contrast to many other parts of the world.

But long-term fears over jobs and a potential virus rebound in China are weighing on consumer sentiment, despite government attempts to reignite domestic demand.

On Monday, NBS data showed retail sales grew faster than expected in September at 3.3 per cent, up from 0.5 per cent growth on-year the month before.

But this still lagged behind industrial output growth, which came in stronger than expected at 6.9 per cent from a year ago last month.

Meanwhile, the urban unemployment rate dipped further to 5.4 per cent in September, although fixed-asset investment growth turned positive for the first time in 2020.

Source : NDTV

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