NBS: China's economy recovers in April

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Staff members work at a workshop of China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) Qiqihar Rolling Stock Co Ltd in Qiqihar, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, April 10, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

The vitality of the Chinese economy continued to recover from the COVID-19 impact last month, with major economic indicators improving, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Friday.

To deal with challenges in the future economic recovery, the country will comprehensively implement policies to ensure the six priorities, expand domestic demand and address difficulties for enterprises, the bureau said in a statement.

Industrial output expanded by 3.9 percent year-on-year last month, versus a 1.1 percent contraction for the previous month, the NBS reported.

Retail sales dropped by 7.5 percent year-on-year in April, compared with a 15.8 percent decline in March.

Fixed-asset investment in the first four months contracted by 10.3 percent, recovering from a 16.1 percent plunge in the first quarter.

The surveyed urban unemployment rate edged up to 6.0 percent in April from 5.9 percent in March.

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