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China's economy loses steam as policymakers clamp down on debt risks

Data for factory output, investment, retail sales, property investment all show slowing growth in April

"Slowing domestic consumption growth and softer external demand appear to have driven the slowdown in China at the start of the second quarter," Capital Economics' Mr Evans-Pritchard said.


CHINA'S growth took a step back in April after a surprisingly strong start to the year, as factory output to investment to retail sales all tapered off as authorities clamped down on debt risks in an effort to stave off a potentially damaging hit to the economy.

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