China's 2018 growth weakest in 28 years, but economists are not surprised

China's economic growth cooled slightly in the fourth quarter from a year earlier as expected, weighed down by weak investment and faltering consumer confidence as Washington piled on trade pressure, leaving 2018 growth the weakest in 28 years.   Key points * Q4 GDP +6.4 pct y/y (f'cast +6.4 pct, prev +6.5 pct) * Q4 GDP +1.5 pct q/q (f'cast +1.

5 pct, prev +1.6 pct) * 2018 GDP +6.6 pct vs 2017's +6.8 percent * Dec industrial output +5.7 pct y/y (f'cast +5.3, Nov +5.4) * Dec.....

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