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July's growth rate dropped sharply from 19.1 percent in June, although revenue growth rose from 8.9 percent in that month, the ministry said.
Government-led stimulus has been a major driver of economic growth over the past years in the world's second-largest economy, but the pump-priming has also been accompanied by runaway credit growth and created a mountain of debt.
The Chinese economy has defied expectations for a slowdown and expanded at a solid pace in the first half supported by construction projects, though the broad consensus is for growth to cool slightly in the coming quarters as the authorities continue to crack down on financial risks.
(Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk and Sue-Lin Wong; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)
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