China estimates 2013 growth slowed to 7.6 percent

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BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese state news agency says the Cabinet has estimated this year's economic growth edged down to 7.6 percent and warned it faces pressure to decline further.

The Xinhua News Agency on Thursday cited a Cabinet report to China's legislature that said growth declined from 7.7 percent in 2012. That was above the ruling Communist Party's target of 7 percent growth in its latest five-year development plan.

The report says growth faces potential challenges including an uncertain global environment and excess production capacity in some industries.

The minister in charge of the Cabinet's planning agency is quoted as saying that the government cannot deny a downward pressure on economic growth.

Associated Press

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