Looking ahead, some analysts say they expect the growth momentum to be sustained to the end of year, if the banks can keep non-performing loans in check.
The Chinese government has fined 23 insurance firms, which have colluded to fix fees, a total of US$18 million (S$22.5 million) in its latest anti-monopoly move.
Thai activists on Tuesday (Sep 2) accused authorities of tightening their chokehold on freedom of expression after a debate on human rights since the army coup was scrapped following junta pressure.
A power outage left large swathes of India's financial capital Mumbai without electricity for hours on Tuesday (Sep 2), a leading utility company said, at a time when the country's energy sector is facing turmoil.
Pakistan's interior minister on Tuesday (Sep 2) slammed violent anti-government protests as a "revolt against the state" as lawmakers met to discuss the political crisis shaking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The Ivory Coast government on Tuesday (Sep 2) relented and agreed to let the national football team play an Africa Cup of Nations match against Sierra Leone that it had banned because of Ebola virus fears.
British media on Tuesday (Sep 2) voiced scepticism over "vague" plans announced by Prime Minister David Cameron to counter the threat of jihadist fighters travelling to Iraq and Syria.
An outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 31 people and the epidemic remains contained within the country's northwest, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday (Sep 2).
Russia vowed on Tuesday (Sep 2) to adopt a beefed-up new military doctrine over NATO's plans to establish a rapid-response team that could ward off the Kremlin's expansion into Ukraine and feared push further west.
Japan's Kei Nishikori booked a US Open quarter-final berth on Tuesday morning with a five-set victory over Milos Raonic that equalled the latest-finishing contests in the tournament's history.