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Beijing's GDP turns to growth in first three quarters

By Du Juan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-10-21 15:00
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A photo shows the view of CBD area in downtown Beijing, capital of China. [Photo/Sipa]

Beijing's regional gross domestic product was 2.58 trillion yuan ($390 billion) for the first three quarters this year, up 0.1 percent year-on-year and marking a turning point from slight decline to growth.

It had been held back by the coronavirus pandemic in the first half of the year, which saw a 3.2 percent decline from the first half of 2019.

The city's GDP in the first half of last year was 1.5 trillion yuan, representing 6.3 percent growth year-on-year.

The new figure was announced by the Beijing Statistics Bureau on Wednesday at a news conference.

The pandemic has boosted online economies in education, medical and sports services. Internet-based companies in Beijing chalked up 13.2-percent revenue growth in the first five months, compared with the same period last year.

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