08:59 UK time, Wednesday, 16 April 2014
China's economic growth of 7.4% in the first quarter is in line with the country's 2014 annual year-on-year target of about 7.5% growth.
The "resilient" UK housing market recorded another increase in mortgage lending in March, according to a lenders' group.
The number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 to a five year low of 2.24 million in the three months to February, official figures indicate.
The US tells China its currency must be allowed to rise if its own and the rest of the world's economy are to see stable growth.
The Scottish economy grew by 0.2% in the final three months of 2013, compared with growth of 0.7% in the UK as a whole.
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