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China's party congress

China delays Q3 GDP release in middle of top leadership meeting

No explanation for postponement of data due Tuesday morning

China is delaying the publication of third-quarter economic growth data.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China is delaying publication of third-quarter GDP figures and a batch of other economic data in the midst of the country's most important political leadership meeting in years.

Figures for July-September growth were due Tuesday morning with the data closely watched after the world's No. 2 economy narrowly avoided a contraction in the previous quarter and with full-year growth widely expected to be among the weakest in decades.

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