The 6.9 percent annual pace of expansion for the world's second-largest economy, reported Monday, surpassed economists' forecasts and was an improvement from 6.8 percent growth in the last quarter of 2016.
Growth last was that strong in July-September of 2015.
Analysts said government spending and a property boom spurred by easy credit were the main factors helping to driving stronger demand.
Fears of being dragged into a trade and currency war with the
N.Y. manufacturers grow at a slower pace in April
New orders grew at a slower pace this month. The index that measures hiring climbed to the highest level in more than two years.
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