China's real estate investment growth slowed in the first quarter of 2013, and some analysts expressed concern that rigorous property curbs may drag down economic growth.
Retail sales in China in the first quarter reached 5.55 trillion yuan ($897 billion), a year-on-year growth of 12.4 percent, but a 2.4 percentage point decline from a year ago, partly due to efforts to curb government spending.
China's urban fixed-asset investment fell in March but growth from the private sector was robust, indicating policies on boosting private investment have taken effect.
China's economic growth dipped to 7.7 percent in the first quarter, falling short of market expectations and suggesting a continued tepid economic rebound for the world's second-largest economy.
Several officials in a Central China county have been removed from their posts after being caught gambling in a store when they were on duty.
Residents of one of China's richest villages have been encouraged to spend at a loss-making local five-star hotel in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province.
Eight cities from the three provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui have became new numbers of the Yangtze River Delta Economic Coordination.
China has completed a six-day military-civilian joint exercise on marine rescue, the first of its kind, in the Yellow Sea.
The country's first breast-milk bank, established in Guangzhou early this month, has had more than 60 volunteer mothers register.
Two pharmaceutical companies in the suburb of Yinchuan have been polluting the water and air for a decade and the local environment watchdog can do little about it.