China manufacturing activity strengthens in August

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In this Nov. 27, 2008 file photo, a worker is seen at a Sinopec oil refinery in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province. AP

BEIJING – China’s manufacturing activity strengthened in August, official figures showed Sunday, the latest data to suggest that the world’s second-largest economy is stabilizing.

The official purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose to 51.0 last month from 50.3 in July, according to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics.

The index tracks manufacturing activity in China’s factories and workshops and is a closely watched gauge of the health of the economy. A reading below 50 indicates contraction, while anything above signals expansion.

The PMI strengthened for the second straight month and comes as other recent data have spurred optimism a slowdown in the economy may have been stemmed.

The first half of this year saw a spike in analyst concerns after an expected rebound from the worst growth performance in 13 years failed to materialize.

China’s economy grew 7.8 percent in 2012, the weakest result since 1999.

Growth in the first three months of the year dipped to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in the final quarter of last year and slowed further to 7.5 percent in the three months through June.

British banking giant HSBC said last month that the initial reading of its PMI survey for August came in at 50.1, rebounding from an 11-month low and marking the first time since April the indicator had expanded.

HSBC was due to release its closely watched final PMI index for August on Monday.

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  • Hellomr

    It is expected to free fall due to weak foundation …

    • Kaizensigma

      you meant the phil economy is based on vooo doo weak foundation…..stock market fueled by and dependent on USA Fed Reserve QE monetary of cheap interest rates, 7% 1st and 2nd quarter GDP due to hot money flowing in from parked foreign exchanges in swiss bank and USA accounts to support the election, dependency on OFW foreign exchange remittance whose unskiill jobs are being replaced by lower costs workers from other 3rd world nations, an economy that could not produce jobs that many are seeking jobs overseas, a real estate condominium boom fueled by speculation and dependency on foreign exchange remittance, a economy where few jobs are created, small manufacturing and highly technical industrial base, peace and order issues, an active insurgency of the poor and disenfranchised and secessionist movement from its restive muslim minority, rampant endemic corruptions, has one of the highest public and private sector debt, a currency that is weakening, a city that is labeled the gates of hell and the nation still considered as the sick man of asia….so you are right , the phil economy is expected to be on a free fall due to weak “fundamental” foundation.

      • ghzoc

        As if none of that is happening in China lol

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