Chinese growth slows slightly

China’s annual GDP growth eased to 9.5 per cent in the second quarter of 2011 from 9.7 per cent in the previous quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics said yesterday. But the growth rate was stronger than market expectations of 9.4 per cent. China's GDP in April-June was up 2.2 per cent from the first quarter of 2011 on a seasonally adjusted basis, the statistics agency added. It marked a slight acceleration from the 2.1 per cent recorded in the first quarter of this year. Industrial output rose 15.1 per cent in June from a year earlier, according to separate data released by officials.