December 25, 2017 / 5:40 AM / a year ago

China expects 2018 industrial output to grow around 6 percent

FILE PHOTO: A worker jokes and beckons at her colleague as she rolls away carts of unused tools between rows of spinning machine at a factory owned by Hong Kong's Novetex Textiles Limited in Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, China December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Venus Wu/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s industrial output is likely to grow around 6 percent next year, the country’s industry ministry said on Monday.

The nation’s industrial output is also expected to rise about 6.5 percent this year, which would be the first gain in the growth rate since 2010, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a statement on its microblog.

Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Tom Hogue

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