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Crude oil prices were steady with little change early Friday as China’s data revealed its weakest economic expansion in nearly three decades in 2019, prompting a greater likelihood of lower oil demand this year.

International benchmark Brent crude was trading at $64.56 per barrel at 0700 GMT for a 0.17% loss, after ending Thursday at $64.67 a barrel.

American benchmark West Texas Intermediate was at $58.49 a barrel at the same time, also posting a 0.17% decline, after ending the previous session at $58.59 per barrel.

The Chinese economy expanded 6.1% in 2019, according to the country’s National Bureau

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