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China makes double-digit growth look disappointing

China's economy grew 18.3% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021, but that was less than expected given last year was so dismal. Compared to the previous quarter, the recovery lost a surprising amount of steam: @petesweeneypro @ywchen1

4/16/2021 8:01:00 AM

China's economy grew 18.3% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021, but that was less than expected given last year was so dismal. Compared to the previous quarter, the recovery lost a surprising amount of steam: petesweeneypro ywchen1

Output rose 18.3% in the first quarter compared to last year, but slowed sharply on a quarterly basis. Industrial growth softened while services shrank. The central bank has few monetary policy options, making signs of decelerating fiscal stimulus particularly alarming.

Context NewsChina's economy expanded 18.3% in the first quarter from a year earlier, official data showed on April 16. That was the strongest quarterly growth recorded since at least 1992, but slower than the 19% forecast per a Reuters poll.The country's producer price index rose 4.4% in March from a year earlier, the biggest gain in almost three years and up from a 1.7% increase in February, official data showed on April 9. Consumer inflation also rose for the first time in three months.

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