BEIJING—China’s factory-led recovery enjoyed an extra boost last month as Chinese consumers stepped up to make big-ticket purchases, pushing up home prices and auto-sales numbers and prompting economists to increase their growth outlook for the world’s second-largest economy.

Official Chinese economic data released Monday showed improvement across a variety of indicators, including in its headline jobless rate, raising optimism for the global economy even as recessionary anxieties loom over much of the developed world and…

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