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China's economic growth surged to 18.3 per cent

China's economic growth surged to 18.3 percent over a year ago in the first quarter of 2021 after factory and consumer activity returned largely to normal following the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Beijing Published on: April 16, 2021 10:52 IST
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China's economic growth surged to 18.3 percent over a year ago in the first quarter of 2021 after factory and consumer activity returned largely to normal following the coronavirus pandemic. 

China's economic growth surged to 18.3 percent over a year ago in the first quarter of 2021 after factory and consumer activity returned largely to normal following the coronavirus pandemic. The figures reported Friday were magnified by comparison with early 2020 when the world's second-largest economy fell into its deepest contraction in decades.

The government noted growth in activity compared with the final quarter of 2020 when a recovery already had begun, was a more modest 0.6 percent.

Manufacturing, auto sales, and other consumer activity have revived to above pre-pandemic levels since the ruling Communist Party declared victory over the coronavirus last March and allowed factories and stores to reopen.

The economy“delivered a stable performance with a consolidated foundation and good momentum of growth,” the National Bureau of Statistics said in a report. The outsize jump in the headline number was in line with expectations by forecasters due to the low basis for comparison in early 2020.

Some warn that despite China's impressive recent performance, a recovery still is uncertain because global demand is weak as some governments reimpose anti-disease curbs that disrupt business and trade.

The economy shrank by 6.8 percent in the first quarter of last year as the ruling Communist Party took the then-unprecedented step of closing most factories, shops, and offices to fight the outbreak that started in the central city of Wuhan in late 2019. It was China's worst performance since at least the mid-1960s.

Growth recovered to 6.5 percent over a year earlier in the final quarter following the economy's relatively early reopening while the United States, Europe, and Japan struggled with renewed disease outbreaks. China eked out full-year growth of 2.3 percent, becoming the only major economy to expand in 2020.

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