China's growth slows to 7% in the first quarter


China's economic growth slowed further in the three months to March this year, expanding 7% compared to a year earlier, its slowest pace since the global financial crisis in 2009.

The rate was lower than the 7.3% posted for the three months to December.

Last year, China's economy, which is the world's second largest, grew at its slowest pace since 1990.