China’s economy grows at slowest pace since 1990s


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China’s economy grew at its slowest rate since the early 1990s in the second quarter, official figures symbolized.

In the three months to June, the economy grew 6.2% from a year earlier. The fruit was in line with forecasts.

China has moved to stimulate its economy this year by promoting spending and delivering tax cuts.

The country is also fighting a trade war with the US which has cut to the quick businesses and weighed on growth.

The data released on Monday showed China’s fiscal growth rate slowed from 6.4% in the first three months of the year.

US President Donald Trump tweeted that US vocation tariffs were having “a major effect” on the Chinese economy.

China’s national statistics chiffonier said the figures pointed to a “complex environment” both at home and far.

It said the economy had “performed within the reasonable range” in the first half of 2019, but that it front “new downward pressure”.


Andrew Walker, business correspondent

The forms do show some impact from the trade conflict with the US. Development has probably slowed a little more than it would have done had China been faade a more tranquil international commercial environment. The longer-term picture, granting, is one of an economy continuing a reasonably orderly and intended slowdown in growth.

The regular growth rate over the three decades to 2010 was 10%. The Chinese directorship – and every economist I have ever heard expressing a view on this – did not look upon that as sustainable for the long term. The aim was to see the economy less dependent on investment and exports and an furthered role for spending by consumers.

There has been some progress, while the rates of saving and investment remain very high. There are hazards, however, notably the high level of company debt. The authorities boosted strong credit growth in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. That has helped debar a more rapid and potentially disruptive slowdown, but at the price of creating additional monetary risks.

While China-watchers advise caution with Beijing’s accepted gross domestic product numbers, the data is seen as a useful cite for of the country’s growth trajectory.

Other data showed some signals of improvement in the world’s second-largest economy.

Industrial production rose 6.3% in June from a year earlier, while retail mark-downs rose 9.8% year-on-year – both above forecasts in Reuters counts.

Global impact

Slowing growth in China has raised concerns hither the potential knock-on effect on the global economy.

Earlier this year Beijing suggested plans to boost spending and cut billions of dollars in taxes in an effort to succour the economy.

It has also moved to provide a liquidity boost by reducing the amount of loot banks must hold in reserve.

Edward Moya, senior merchandise analyst at Oanda, said the latest economic data “shows the slowdown persists intact and markets should expect further stimulus” from China’s main bank later this year.

The US-led trade war is another moneylender weighing on growth.

“The trade war is having a huge impact on the Chinese succinctness, and with no end sight as trade negotiations struggle for meaningful progress, we are presumably not near the bottom for China’s economy,” he said.

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