China said its gross domestic product expanded 7.6 percent in the April to June period from a year earlier, the lowest since 2009. China also reported that retail sales and factory output growth slowed in June.
Crude has fallen from $106 in May amid signs of slowing economic growth in the U.S., Europe and China. Some analysts expect global policymakers to continue to cut lending rates and boost fiscal spending, which should spur economic growth and oil demand.
"The likelihood of some stimulus measures keep the upside risk of the oil market tilted higher through month’s end and possibly beyond," energy trader and consultant Ritterbusch and Associates said in a report.
Benchmark oil for August delivery was up 43 cents at $86.51 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Crude rose 27 cents to settle at $86.08 on Thursday in New York.
In London, Brent crude for August delivery was up 59 cents at $101.66 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.