Oct China manufacturing growth slows – govt PMI

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BEIJING: Chinese manufacturing growth slowed in October, the government said over the weekend, as the world’s second-largest economy expands at its weakest pace in five years.

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China’s official purchasing managers index (PMI), a measure of activity in the sector, came in at 50.8 last month, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

The figure was lower than the 51.1 recorded in September and compared with the preliminary 50.4 figure in a private survey released by British bank HSBC on October 23.

PMI tracks activity in China’s factories and workshops and is a closely watched indicator of the health of the economy.

Readings above 50 indicate growth, while anything below points to contraction.

HSBC is scheduled to release its final PMI reading for October on Monday. AFP

ANZ Bank economists Liu Li-Gang and Zhou Hao said that the figure suggests China’s central bank will likely continue to utilize its so-called Standing Lending Facility, a tool used to manage short-term liquidity.

“The weaker-than-expected reading of official PMI suggests that the easing bias in the monetary policy will be maintained,” they said.

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