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China's economy loses momentum as policymakers clamp down on debt risks

Reuters  |  BEIJING 

By Kevin YaoBEIJING (Reuters) - China's growth took a step back in April after a surprisingly strong start to the year, as factory output to investment to retail sales all tapered off as authorities clamped down on debt risks in an effort to stave off a potentially damaging hit to the economy.Waking up to the systemic threat posed by cheap credit-fueled stimulus since the 2008-9 global financial crisis, Beijing has continued to tighten the screws on speculative financing over the past several months.Data on Monday highlighted the broad economic impact of these regulatory curbs, with ...

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First Published: Mon, May 15 2017. 11:55 IST