BEIJING, April 16 China's annual economic growth
slowed between January and March 2014 to 7.4 percent from 7.7
percent in the previous three months, but beat market
expectations for growth of 7.3 percent, data showed on
Other data released alongside GDP showed industrial output
rose 8.8 percent in March from a year ago, versus expectations
of a rise of 9 percent in a Reuters poll.
Retail sales in March rose 12.2 percent on a year ago, above
expectations for a 12.1 percent rise.
Fixed-asset investment rose 17.6 percent in January-March
from the same period a year earlier, versus a forecast for an
18.1 percent rise. The government only publishes cumulative
(China economics team)