Chinese stock markets suspended after shares fall 7pc

The Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges closed early after poor economic data triggered a sell-off

Trading on China’s stock markets ended early after steep losses triggered a new ‘circuit-breaker’ mechanism, installed to curb volatility.

The 7pc drop in China’s blue-chip CSI300 index prompted an automatic early closure of the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges on the first day of trading since the new safety measure was introduced.

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