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China official PMI hits 5-month high in May, boding well for Q2

Published on Jun 1, 2014 3:17 PM
 
An employee works in a clothing shop in Beijing on May 13, 2014. China's factory activity expanded at the fastest pace in five months in May due to rising new orders, official data showed on June 1. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory activity expanded at the fastest pace in five months in May due to rising new orders, official data showed on Sunday, reinforcing views that the world's second-largest economy is regaining momentum in the second quarter following Beijing's targeted measures to bolster growth.

The official Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.8 in May from April's 50.4, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Sunday, beating market expectations of 50.6.

"The PMI reading continued to improve in May, indicating that a trend of economic stabilisation is becoming more evident," Zhang Liqun, a researcher at the Development Research Centre said in the statement accompanying the data.

As one of the first leading indicators gauging economic momentum, the improved reading could bode well for other May data, bolstering market expectations that the economy is regaining some strength as the government's pro-growth measures started to kick in.

 
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