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HSBC's China PMI down at 3-month low

Reading falls to 50.5 from November; lower output offset pick-up in new orders

Published Mon, Dec 16, 2013 · 10:00 PM
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[BEIJING] Growth in activity in China's vast factory sector slowed to a three-month low this month as reduced output offset a pick-up in new orders, a preliminary private survey showed yesterday, in line with other recent data pointing to a resilient but slowing economy.

The flash Markit/HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to 50.5 from last month's final reading of 50.8, but for a fifth consecutive month remained above the 50 line which separates expansion of activity from contraction.

Given the approaching year-end holiday season, the flash PMI covers only the short period from Dec 5 to 12. The final PMI will be released on Jan 2. Growth in both new orders and export orders grew at a faster rate in the period surveyed, while sub-indexes measuring employment and stocks of purchases showed faster rates of decrease.

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