China's April PMI increases marginally to 50.4

[BEIJING] Activity in China's factories increased marginally in April but export orders fell sharply, a government survey showed yesterday, adding to questions about whether the world's second largest economy is stabilising after its first-quarter slowdown.

The data came a day after Premier Li Keqiang pledged to step up support for the trade sector, adding to measures taken over the past month on concerns that the economy may be losing momentum more quickly than expected.

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