HONG KONG Jan 20 The Shanghai Composite Index
dipped below the key 2,000-point level early on Monday to its
lowest in 5-1/2 months, led by financials but unmoved by data
that showed China's annual growth came in slightly higher than
At 0226 GMT, the Shanghai Composite Index was down
0.4 percent at 1,996.2 points, its lowest since July 31. The
CSI300 of the largest Shanghai and Shenzhen A-shares
listings was down 0.3 percent.
China's annual economic growth eased to 7.7 percent between
October and December from 7.8 percent in the previous three
months, slightly ahead of market expectations for growth of 7.6
percent, official data showed on Monday.
(Reporting by Clement Tan; Editing by Paul Tait)