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China factory activity shrinking
23 Apr 2014 08:08
China's factory activity shrank for the fourth month in a row in April, signalling economic weakness into the second quarter, a preliminary survey showed today.
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However the pace of decline eased helped by policy steps to halt the slowdown.
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Analysts see initial signs of stabilisation in the Chinese economy due to the government's targeted measures to underpin growth, but believe more policy support may be needed as structural reforms put additional pressure on activity.
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The HSBC/Markit flash Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for April rose to 48.3 from March's final reading of 48, but was still below the 50 line separating expansion from contraction.
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