With two quarters of GDP expansion at 6.9 percent against a lower full-year target, the Chinese government will now have greater tolerance of slower growth in the second half of the year, said Aidan Yao, emerging Asia economist at AXA Investment Managers.
Analysts had expected the world's second-largest economy to expand 6.8% in the April to June period.
The National Bureau of Statistics will now including contributions from healthcare, tourism and the "new economy".
The country's gross domestic product grew 6.9% in the second quarter, according to government data released Monday, the same figure as the previous quarter and marginally higher than most forecasts.
"Overall, the economy continued to show steady progress in the first half. but global instability and uncertainties are still relatively large, and the domestic long-term build-up of structural imbalances remains".
However, growth is expected to slow over the remainder of the year as Beijing seeks to cool a red-hot housing market and attempts to rein in leverage.
GDP increased 1.7% quarter-on-quarter, faster than the 1.3% quarter-on-quarter pace reported in the first quarter.
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The forecast of a gradual growth slowdown due to a weakening property sector and the possible moderation of domestic demand, as well as uncertainties over external demand remained valid, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the report as saying.
In the first half of 2017, the economy advanced 6.9%.
Primary industry posted the fastest FAI growth, up 16.5 percent year-on-year, followed by the service industry with an increase of 11.3 percent and 4 percent in the secondary industry.
Rounding off the quartet of data beats, urban fixed asset investment grew by 8.6% between January and June compared to the same period in 2016, topping the 8.5% pace expected by economists.
In the first half of the year, industrial production grew 6.9%.
President Xi Jinping called for tougher regulations to contain financial risks during a weekend National Financial Work Conference, which sets the tone for reforms.