BEIJING, March 14 (Xinhua) -- China's retail sales rose 9.5 percent year on year in the first two months of the year, missing market expectations of 10.6 percent, official data showed Tuesday.

This was the first time for the growth to fall below 10 percent in 11 years.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) attributed the slower growth to cooling auto sales, which fell one percent from a year earlier after the country raised purchase tax rates on small cars from 5 percent to 7.5 percent this year.

After deducting the auto sales factor, China's retail sales expanded 10.2 percent during the period, flat compared with the increase registered in the same two months last year.

Retail sales of consumer goods totaled 5.8 trillion yuan (840 billion U.S. dollars) during the January-February period, according to NBS data.

The data showed strong consumption potential in rural areas, with retail sales expanding 11.8 percent during the period, outpacing that in urban regions, where retail sales climbed 9.2 percent from one year earlier.

Online sales continued strong growth, surging 31.9 percent in the first two months to 858 billion yuan.

China is trying to shift its economy toward a growth model driven more by consumer spending, innovation and services while weaning it off reliance on exports and investment.

As a main driver of economic growth, consumption contributed to 64.6 percent of China's GDP growth last year. The country vowed to promote a steady increase in consumer spending this year.

BEIRUT Vans Old Skool Rebajas Zapatillas Vans Negras Blancas , Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Rafic Hariri Beirut International Airport (RHBIA) announced Tuesday that it served during the first eight months of 2017 more than 5.5 million passengers, up half a million year on year.

According to the official figures, the airport has seen 5,538 air max 97 summit white comprar ,185 passengers since the beginning of this year, with 1,067,471 in August air max 97 silver comprar , a year-on-year increase of 17 percent.

The Lebanese government announced last week that it intends to expand RHBIA so it would accommodate 12 million passengers per year, and further to receive 24 million passengers per year in future with later plans.

The annual revenue generated by the airport is estimated to be around 300 million U.S. dollars, said the finance ministry.

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HARARE, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Friday his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa is now fit and strong after battling illness a few weeks ago.

Mugabe urged the nation to desist from speculating about the Vice President's illness, saying the VP was not poisoned as speculated by others who claim that he fell sick after eating ice cream from a dairy company owned by the First Family.

He also lashed out at those alleging witchcraft on the illness of the VP.

"The VP is now fit again and back. He is now strong. He is back to normal," Mugabe said while addressing his seventh youth interface rally in Gweru nike air presto ultra flyknit baratas , Midlands Province.

Mugabe said he met Mnangagwa's medical doctor from South Africa in Harare this week who told him that the VP's illness was not due to food poisoning.

The doctors were still carrying out further research to ascertain the cause of the illness, Mugabe said.

Mnangagwa suffered a severe bout of vomiting and diarrhea while attending a ZANU-PF youth interface rally in Gwanda, Matabeleland South on Aug. 12 and was immediately airlifted to a medical facility in Gweru, Midlands Province before being flown to South Africa the next day for further treatment.

Since falling sick nike air presto essential baratas , social media had been abuzz with claims that the VP fell sick after eating ice cream from a dairy firm owned by the First Family, claims that were dismissed by the government as false.

The VP on Thursday issued a statement denying that he fell sick after eating ice cream from Gushungo Dairy.

Meanwhile, the First Lady Grace Mugabe urged party youths to desist from denigrating President

Mugabe and reiterated her call for senior party members to stop fighting over Mugabe's succession, saying the veteran president will tell when the time comes for him to retire.

"The presidency is not a job that you can apply for. It's a job that is difficult to get nike air presto baratas ," the First Lady said at the Gweru rally.

Mugabe, 93, will seek re-election in next year's harmonized elections after his party endorsed him as its presidential candidate.

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The statement was made on Friday by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) which says with the new arrivals being mainly children and women, it's struggling to meet their basic needs.

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