Critical data from the world's second-largest economy will likely be the center of attention for market players this week, with first-quarter growth domestic product (GDP), March retail sales, industrial output and fixed asset investment (FAI) slated for release on Wednesday.
Twenty-five economists surveyed by Reuters expect GDP to rise an annual 7.3 percent, which would mark China's slowest pace of growth since 2009 and come in well below the 7.7 percent reading in the final quarter of 2013.
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"We expect Q1 GDP growth to slow to 7.3 percent year-on-year largely due to moderately tight credit conditions. However, real activities will likely accelerate, as industrial production growth rose to 9.5 percent on-year. Year-to-date FAI growth will come in higher at 18.2 percent on-year, and retail sales growth is seen normalized to 12.7 percent on-year," said economists at Citi in a research note.
However, unlike in 2009, it appears Beijing will not release a stimulus package to shore up growth.