Shoppers in China

Shoppers in China

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Women sit on a bench as pedestrians walk past in a retail area in Wuhan, China. China’s economic expansion accelerated to 7.8 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, the statistics bureau said Oct. 18, reversing a slowdown that put the government at risk of missing its 7.5 percent growth target for 2013.