China’s Economy Slowed In Fourth Quarter, Setting Stage For Dismal First Quarter

Analysts predicted an even sharper slowdown in the first quarter of 2012 amid new pro-growth measures from the Chinese government.

China’s gross domestic output rose just 2% in the fourth quarter, as overall growth slowed to 8.9%.

Property investment plunged 40% on an annual basis in December, while net exports subtracted from 2011 growth. Debt-plagued Europe is China’s top trading partner.

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