Analysts spent the start of their week running a fine-tooth comb through the official growth figures out from China. And, one thought was very much at the top of their minds.
"The continued stability of the official (Chinese) GDP (gross domestic product) figures will further cement concerns over their credibility," Julian Evans-Pritchard, a China economist at Capital Economics, said in a note on Monday.
Official figures released Monday showed that the world's second-largest economy expanded by 6.9 percent in the July-September quarter, slowing from a 7 percent increase in the previous quarter. The figure was better than market expectations for 6.8 percent but still at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis.
That the GDP figure appeared to be conveniently in the middle ground raised more than a few eyebrows.