China has posted its slowest growth in six years.
The figures confirm perceptions that the world’s second largest economy is showing weakness in key sectors.
Monthly retail sales, industrial output and fixed asset investment all failed to fulfill expectations.
Industrial output grew at its weakest since since the global financial crisis in 2008.
Power output, which some see as an indicator for economic activity, fell an annual 3.7 percent in March, the biggest fall since since the woes of 2008.