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Chinese provinces tone down data doctoring

Nine regions report negative growth following audit ordered by Xi

A woman shops at a supermarket in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. More and more provinces are reporting lower GDP numbers.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China has narrowed discrepancies between national and local economic output data, the government's latest quarterly statistics show, in what appears to be a response to President Xi Jinping's orders to stop overstating production.

For the third quarter ended in September, the aggregate economic output of 31 provinces and provincial-level administrative units has undershot national gross domestic product by 0.4%.

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