China Q1 GDP, Inflation Data in Focus as World Gauges Slowdown

China will take center stage this week as markets look for signs of recovery in the world’s second-largest economy, as it continues to shift away from its manufacturing roots.

Gross domestic product (GDP) figures China for the January-March quarter will be the centerpiece in a slew of data releases this coming week, following the steady slowdown in the Chinese economy in recent years.

Experts predict growth to have moderately eased in the first quarter of 2016, with many estimating the economy to have expanded by 6.7 percent on-year according to a Reuters poll, compared to the 6.8 percent reading in the December quarter.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.