21:53 GMT01 December 2020
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    China’s economic growth stood at 6.9 percent in the third quarter of 2015, reaching its slowest pace since March 2009, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics announced Monday.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) – The figures, nevertheless, have beaten economists’ estimates for 6.8 percent in the three months of the year through September.

    "Specifically, the year-on-year growth was 7.0 percent for the first quarter, 7.0 percent for the second quarter and 6.9 percent for the third quarter," the bureau said in a report.

    The statistics agency qualified the overall performance of national economy as "stable and moving in a positive direction."

    Beijing is striving to reach its planned goal of 7-percent growth in GDP in 2015 amid rising concerns over the slowdown in the Chinese economy.

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