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China December factory growth eases as tough pollution measures bite

Beijing's crackdown on smog and a cooling property market are starting to weigh on the economy, but exports and services are picking up

China's manufacturing and industrial firms have been a major driver behind solid economic growth in 2017, with their strong appetite for raw materials boosting global commodity prices.


GROWTH in China's manufacturing sector slowed slightly in December as a punishing crackdown on air pollution and a cooling property market start to weigh on the world's second-largest economy.

The data support the view that the economy is...