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CORRECTED-China industrial output rises 14.1% y/y in March, retail sales jump 34.2%

(Corrects paragraph 4 forecast figure to 25.0%, not 25.3%)

BEIJING, April 16 (Reuters) - China’s industrial output grew 14.1% in March year-on-year, slowing from a 35.1% surge in the January-February period, while retail sales rose at a solid pace, official data showed on Friday.

The output figure lagged a 17.2% on-year rise forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll.

Retail sales increased 34.2% year-on-year in March, beating a 28.0% gain expected by analysts and stronger than the 33.8% jump seen in the first two months of the year.

Fixed asset investment surged 25.6% in the first three months from the same period a year earlier, versus a forecast 25.0% increase, and slowing from January-February’s 35% rise. (Reporting by Gabriel Crossley and Stella Qiu. Additional reporting by Roxanne Liu; Editing by Sam Holmes & Shri Navaratnam)

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