Beijing - China's industrial output increased by 8.7 percent year-on-year in April, official data showed Tuesday, edging down from 8.8 percent a month earlier as the world's second-largest economy loses steam.

Fixed-asset investment, a main measure of government spending on infrastructure projects, rose by 17.3 percent year-on-year in the January-April period, slowing from 17.6 percent in the first quarter of the year, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

Retail sales, a gauge of consumer spending in the country, increased by 11.9 percent last month from a year ago, it said, down from an increase of 12.2 percent in March. - Sapa-AFP