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China's GDP figures spark concerns about accuracy

CHINA&rsquo;S first-half gross domestic product (GDP) figures have raised eyebrows, after combined data from the country&rsquo;s provinces showed growth well ahead of government estimates.<br /><br />According to combined information from regional authorities, GDP totalled 15,376bn yuan (&pound;1,334bn) in the first half, 10 per cent higher than the figure predicted by the country&rsquo;s National Bureau of Statistics.<br /><br />Of China's 31 provinces and regions, 24 reported GDP higher than the government&rsquo;s figure of 7.1 per cent, casting doubt on the official data.<br /><br />Combined provincial figures often exceed local government data but the difference is greater than usual this year and even state media expressed reservations about the numbers.