Coronavirus: China’s clobbered economy set to slow to 4.5 per cent in first quarter but will recover, poll says

The coronavirus-hit Chinese economy will grow at its slowest rate since the financial crisis in the current quarter, according to a Reuters poll of economists who said the downturn will be short-lived if the outbreak is contained.A Reuters poll of 40 economists based in mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, as well as Europe and the United States, from February 7-13 predicted China’s annual economic growth in the first quarter of 2020 to slump to 4.5 per cent from 6.0 per cent in the previous…

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