Western prov­inces out­pace coastal ar­eas

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Eco­nomic growth in most of China slowed in the first quar­ter, with most in­land re­gions slip­ping into the sin­gle-digit range.

Of 26 provin­cial-level gov­ern­ments that had re­leased firstquar­ter GDP data, 24 re­ported a slow­down.

Growth in east­ern re­gions gen­er­ally slowed by 1 per­cent­age point year-on-year, while in cen­tral and western re­gions growth gen­er­ally dropped by more than 2 per­cent­age points. The western re­gions con­tin­ued to grow faster than their east­ern coun­ter­parts.

Hei­longjiang prov­ince in the north­east re­ported the largest slow­down. Its growth rate plunged from 9 per­cent a year ear­lier to 2.9 per­cent this past quar­ter, its slow­est pace ever.

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