China's economic growth may have exceeded expectations in the third quarter, but jitters linger as the pace of expansion slowed to a six-year low.
Third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) for the world's second-biggest economy grew 6.9 percent from a year earlier, official data showed on Monday, slightly beating a Reuters' forecast of 6.8 percent.
"To be sure, markets fully anticipate that third-quarter GDP will miss the 7.0 percent growth target," Vishnu Varathan, senior economist at Mizuho Bank, wrote in a note released ahead of the data.
"But equally, there is no denying the wider point that China is not about to let the economy slide into 6.0-6.5 percent growth territory, with adverse and visible impact on jobs. So we see concerted monetary, fiscal and structural efforts to shore up the economy," said the Singapore-based economist who expects further cuts in interest rates and the reserve requirement ratio (RRR).
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Meanwhile, a string of monthly indicators released alongside the GDP data hinted at persistent weakness in the economy.
Industrial production rose 5.7 percent on-year in September, missing expectations for a rise of 6.0 percent and coming in below August's 6.1 percent gain.
Fixed-asset investment (FAI) - seen as a crucial driver of China's economy - came in at 10.3 percent in the first nine months of 2015, also below estimates for 10.8 percent growth.
Retail sales was the exception, with annual growth of 10.9 percent in September, slightly above Reuters' prediction of 10.8 percent.
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