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with contributions from Tiffany Ap
 on February 12, 2019

BEIJING — Traditionally, the Year of the Pig, which China just feted, is meant to usher in great wealth and fortune. But judging from the initial data from the weeklong holiday spending period, the country may be in for a different kind of year.

Figures from China’s Ministry of Commerce showed retail and food sales growth of 8.5 percent, the slowest pace since the government began publishing data in 2011, and falling from the 10.2 percent seen last year.

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