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[BEIJING] Growth in China's services sector accelerated in October at a faster pace than in the previous month, an official survey showed on Tuesday.
The official non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) stood at 54 in October, compared to the previous month's reading of 53.7 and well above the 50-point mark that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis.
China is counting on growth in services to offset persistent weakness in exports that is dragging on the world's second-largest economy.
The economy expanded at a steady 6.7 per cent in the third quarter and looks set to hit Beijing's full-year target, fuelled by stronger government spending, record bank lending and a red-hot property market that are adding to its growing pile of debt.