China's economy showed further signs of strain with data today showing a sharp slowdown in consumer spending and factory production.

Chinese investment growth also hit a record low as the trade war with the US takes its toll. 

The readings are the latest to give a headache to leaders in Beijing, who are battling the tariffs row with the US as well as a weak global outlook, while trying to control a debt mountain at home.

Officials said Chinese retail sales, a key gauge of spending by the country's vast army of consumers, grew 7.2% on an annual basis last month, down 0.6 percentage points from September and short of expectations. 

The figures from the National Bureau of Statistics also showed growth in industrial production came in at 4.7%, down from 5.8% a month earlier. 

Fixed-asset investment expanded 5.2% in the first 10 months, the lowest recorded since comparable data began being reported in 1998. Forecasts had been for 5.4%. 

Analysts warned that China was facing a "complex international economic situation" with downward pressure on the domestic economy. 

They also warned of more headwinds for the world's second biggest economy, which expanded by 6% in the third quarter, its worst reading in almost three decades.

Chinese authorities have unveiled a series of measures to kickstart growth including major tax and rate cuts as well as scrapping foreign investment restrictions in its stock market.

The latest figures follow data at the weekend showing factory prices falling at their fastest pace in three years as orders slow down, while consumer price inflation is only being supported by a surge in the cost of pork due to an African swine fever epidemic. 

There are hopes that the trade stand-off with the US can be resolved with the two close to a partial agreement that could see them begin to roll back the tariffs each have imposed on hundreds of billions of dollars-worth of goods.