China,the worlds second largest economy,in a rare move today lowered its GDP for 2012 by 0.1 percentage point to 7.7 per cent,the lowest in 14 years as the communist giant grapples with economic slowdown.
Chinas National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) lowered the 2012 economic growth figure of the country to 7.7 per cent from 7.8 per cent,state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The revised figure is the lowest for Chinas GDP growth since 1999. China periodically updates its GDP figures but this the first time it has revised it downwards. Chinas GDP stood at 51.9 trillion yuan ($8.5 trillion) for 2012,the NBS said. While revising the GDP,the NBS said the revision was preliminary and could be altered again depending on the availability of more data. Despite the revision,the 7.7 figure remain few notches up over the 7.5 per cent target fixed for 2012.