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China's growth weakens further to 6.0% in third quarter

Trade war with US and African swine flu play big roles in stifling expansion

Rising inflation and weaker consumer spending are also tugging at China's economy. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

SHANGHAI -- China's growth rate slowed further to a record low of 6.0% for the July-September quarter as added U.S. tariffs punished the economy, according to preliminary figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Friday.

The previous quarter's 6.2% growth had been China's slowest since 1992, when the country first began reporting quarterly growth data. The figure is lower than the 6.1% median forecast from 20 economists polled by Nikkei and Nikkei Quick News last week.

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