China’s run of disappointing April data underscore the bind facing policy makers seeking to cut capacity from the worst-performing sectors and curb credit excesses in recovering ones without stalling the economy. Bloomberg’s monthly gross domestic product tracker shows growth slowed to 6.88 percent in April, from 7.11 percent in March. Weak steel and coal output dragged on industrial production, which increased 6 percent from a year earlier versus economists’ forecasts of 6.5 percent, while retail and investment readings also disappointed. The tepid readings hours later underscored China’s plight, showing growth remains overly reliant on debt, and when credit moderates, so too does the economy.
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