China Jan-Sept investment rises 8.2 percent year-on-year, Sept factory output up 6.1 percent

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China's fixed-asset investment rose 8.2 percent in January-September from a year earlier, in line with market expectations, as the government ramped up infrastructure spending to support the economy.

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Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted investment growth in the period would pick up slightly from 8.1 percent in the first eight months of the year.

Private sector fixed-asset investment grew 2.5 percent in the first nine months, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday, quickening from a record low of 2.1 percent in the first eight months.

In September, fixed-asset investment grew 9 percent from a year earlier.

Industrial output rose 6.1 percent in September from a year earlier, missing forecasts of 6.4 percent and down from 6.3 percent in August.

Retail sales rose 10.7 percent in September on-year, beating expectations of 10.6 percent. Retail sales growth was 10.6 percent in August.

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The statistics bureau said on Wednesday that China's economy expanded by 6.7 percent in the third quarter year-on-year, in line with market expectations.

While fears of a hard landing have eased this year, recent data also have highlighted growing imbalances in the world's second-largest economy, with growth increasingly dependent on government spending and ballooning debt as private investment tumbles to record lows.

(Reporting by Kevin Yao; Editing by Kim Coghill)