China's economic growth slowed last quarter to 10.4% after second quarter growth hit the fastest pace in more than a decade at 11.3%, statistics bureau figures released Thursday showed. It was the first slowdown in a year, but growth for the first nine months of the year still comes in at 10.7%. The news comes the day after Premier Wen Jiabao ordered officials at a State Council conference planning the economic agenda for the fourth quarter to redouble efforts to cool the property market and fixed-asset investment, the South China Morning Post reported, citing a summary of Wen's speech carried Wednesday on government website www.gov.cn. Wen said China will maintain its grip over bank lending and the property market over the next three months, placing particular emphasis on medium- and long-term loans and land supply. Wen also said the international trade imbalance was worsening, but did not give any indication China would change its currency policy.