However, it turned out to be the most modest in the history of publishing quarterly data.
China’s economy recovered from a painful contraction. It grew at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the previous quarter as anti-epidemic restrictions were lifted, and factories and stores returned to work.
The economic growth reported on Thursday shows significant improvement after a 6.8 percent contraction in the previous quarter, which was the worst for China since at least the mid-1960s.
However, this growth is the weakest since China began publishing quarterly economic data in the early 1990s.
Manufacturing and some other industries have almost returned to pre-crisis levels, but consumer spending is volatile due to people’s concerns about possible job losses.
Cinemas and some other businesses are still closed. Travel restrictions also remain in effect.