(Yicai Global) Oct.18 -- China's gross domestic product rose to almost CNY70 trillion (USD9.9 trillion) in the first three quarters, up 6.2 percent on the year, according to official data the country's National Bureau of Statistics released today.
Third-quarter GDP climbed 6.0 percent from the same period last year, as against 6.2 percent in the second quarter and 6.4 percent in the first.
A survey of 21 chief economists at major Chinese financial institutions Yicai Global conducted had predicted 6.07 percent expansion in the world's second-largest economy in the third quarter.
The economists canvassed also lowered their projections for GDP growth for the whole year to 6.20 percent from the 6.27 percent value they had forecast at the end of the second quarter.
China's government set the annual GDP growth target in a range from 6.0 to 6.5 percent in March. The country's GDP swelled 6.6 percent last year.
Editor: Ben Armour