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China's growth slower than expected in October

Beijing's war on air pollution adds uncertainty, and new export orders show unexpected weakness; PMI dips to 51.6

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A textile factory in Shandong province. China's economy grew by a better-than-expected 6.9 per cent in the first nine months of the year, buoyed by a recovery in its manufacturing and industrial sectors.

Beijing

GROWTH in China's manufacturing sector cooled more than expected in October, in the face of tighter pollution rules that are forcing steel mills, smelters and factories to curtail production over the winter.

While still easily in expansionary territory, China's monthly

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