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

Former Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary.

His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News.

Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.