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China GDP grew faster than expected in Q1, industrial output jumped in March

China's economy was unexpectedly resilient in the first quarter of this year after the government stimulus measures helped reverse a slowdown that’s rattled investors and cast doubt over the global expansion.

Gross domestic product grew 6.4 per cent in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, beating analysts' estimates of 6.3 per cent and in line with the last three months of 2018.

In March, industrial factories' output surged by 8.5 per cent from a year earlier, well above a forecast of 5.9 per cent and previous 5.3 per cent.

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