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China's economy grows 7.4% in first quarter

China's economy expanded 7.4 percent year-on-year in the first three months of the year, the government said Wednesday, marking a further slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The January-March figure announced by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) was weaker than the 7.7 percent expansion in the final three months of last year but exceeded the median forecast of 7.3 percent in a survey of 13 economists by AFP.

China industrial output growth at five-year low

China's industrial output rose 8.6 percent in January and February year-on-year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced Thursday, the worst result in nearly five years. The figure, which measures production at factories, workshops and mines, was the lowest since 7.3 percent was recorded in April 2009, according to previous NBS data. Retail sales, a key indicator of consumer spending in the world's second-largest economy, gaining 11.8 percent in the two months from the year before, the NBS said on its website.

China Jan-Feb industrial output up 8.6% on year

China's industrial output, which measures production at factories, workshops and mines, rose 8.6 percent in January and February year-on-year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced Thursday. Retail sales, a key indicator of consumer spending in the world's second-largest economy, also increased, gaining 11.8 percent in the two months from the year before, the NBS said on its website.

China November industrial output up 10.0% on year

China's industrial output, which measures production at factories, workshops and mines, rose 10.0 percent in November year-on-year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced Tuesday. Retail sales, a key indicator of consumer spending in the world's second-largest economy, also increased, gaining 13.7 percent in November from the year before, the NBS said. Fixed asset investment, a measure of government spending on infrastructure, expanded 19.9 percent during the first 11 months of the year, it added. kgo/slb/jw

Americans reap a bounty of advice on Thanksgiving wine

By Leslie Gevirtz NEW YORK (Reuters) - As Americans search for that perfect wine to complement the traditional Thanksgiving feast, experts smile, give a slight shake of their heads and say, just drink what you like. With so many different competing flavors at the Thanksgiving table, including the turkey, wines can be matched to the cranberry dressing, or even the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes, according to Doug Frost, a wine consultant for United Airlines.

China October industrial output rises 10.3% on-year

China's industrial production, which measures output at factories, workshops and mines, rose 10.3 percent in October year-on-year, the government announced Saturday. The gain announced by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) marks a marginal acceleration from September when the indicator showed an increase of 10.2 percent. The NBS said that retail sales, a key indicator for consumer spending in the world's second-largest economy, also rose, gaining 13.3 percent in October from the same month the year before, the same result as September.

China industrial production up 9.2% in May: govt

Industrial output in China rose 9.2 percent in May year-on-year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Sunday. Retails sales, the main gauge of consumer spending, rose 12.9 percent on year in May, the NBS said. Fixed asset investment increased 20.4 percent over the first five months of the year compared to the same period last year, it said. kgo/jah

First wine from Pitt and Jolie's French vineyard to hit Web

NICE, France, March 6 (Reuters) - The first wine to be sold from a French vineyard owned by Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will go on offer this week to online buyers with a thirst for celebrity. The first 6,000 bottles of organic "Miraval Rosé 2012" will be sold on the Internet on Thursday for 105 euros ($140) a case including shipping to addresses in France.
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