The growth figure for the three months to September was in line with forecasts and at the same rate as the previous two quarters.
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The National Bureau of Statistics of China said: “The general performance was better than expected.”
Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics said in a report: “Economic activity seems to be holding up reasonably well, with few signs that a renewed slowdown is just around the corner.”
Last week the country reported its weakest trade figures for six months at a time of weak demand at home and abroad.
Both exports and imports dropped in the year to August, falling well below economists' expectations and proving the world's second largest economy is not immune from the global growth slowdown.