Braking Down The Noise

China’s Economic Data Gets Harder to Find as Growth Slows

Getting a clear picture of the country’s economic woes has grown more challenging as official figures and private analysis vanish

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HONG KONG—The world is eager for clues about the health of China’s economy as the country endures its worst prolonged slowdown in years. But getting a clear picture has only grown more difficult, as data becomes harder to obtain and unflattering analysis vanishes.

On Monday, China’s National Bureau of Statistics abruptly canceled the release of quarterly gross domestic product data just hours before it was set to be published, without providing a reason or setting a new date. Days earlier, the country’s customs agency simply didn’t release monthly official trade data, offering no explanation.

 

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