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China's factory activity shrinks in December

HSBC/Markit manufacturing PMI falls to 49.5 - first contraction in 7 months

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Activity in China's industrial sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months, the latest in a string of weak economic indicators that will intensify calls for more stimulus measures to head off a hard landing.

Beijing

ACTIVITY in China's industrial sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months, the latest in a string of weak economic indicators that will intensify calls for more stimulus measures to head off a hard landing. The flash HSBC/Markit manufacturing purchasing