China's economy grew 5.3% in Q1

China’s economy grew 5.3% in first quarter, beating expectations

/ 10:56 AM April 16, 2024

China's economy grew 5.3% in first quarter, beating expectations

Workers wait for transport outside a construction site in Beijing, Tuesday, April 9, 2024. China’s Finance Ministry has denounced a report by Fitch Ratings that kept its sovereign debt rated at A+ but downgraded its outlook to negative, saying in a statement that China’s deficit is at a moderate and reasonable level and risks are under control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

HONG KONG — China’s economy in the first quarter beat expectations while receiving a boost from policies and an increase in demand, the government said Tuesday.

The world’s second-largest economy expanded at a 5.3 percent annual pace in January-March, beating analysts’ forecasts of about 4.8 percent, official data show. Compared to the previous quarter, growth was up 1.6 percent.


China’s economy has struggled to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic, with a slowdown in demand and a property crisis weighing on its growth.


The better-than-expected economy data came days after China reported a decline in import and export figures for March as well as a slowdown in inflation following months of deflationary pressures.

READ: Chinese exports fell more than feared in March

Industrial output for the first quarter was up 6.1 percent compared to the same time last year, and retail sales grew at an annual pace of 4.7 percent.

Policymakers have unveiled a raft of fiscal and monetary policy measures as Beijing seeks to boost the economy. China has set an ambitious gross domestic product (GDP) growth target of 5 percent for 2024.

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