China's economic growth slows amid monetary tightening

China's economic growth has slowed further in the second quarter after the government stepped up its battle against inflation.

Growth was 9.5% in the three months to the end of June compared with a year earlier. That is down from 9.7% in the previous quarter.

China says controlling prices is its top priority after inflation hit a three-year high in June.

However, other data on Wednesday showed it may be tough to slow growth further.

China's factory output grew by a better-than-expected 15% in June, while retail sales surged by 17.7%.

Analysts say further tightening measures are likely before the year is over.

Monetary measures

China has already raised interest rates three times this year; the most recent increase coming last week.