China official manufacturing survey flat as slowdown weighs


HONG KONG (AP) — An official survey of Chinese manufacturing shows that activity was flat last month, signaling further weakness in the world’s No. 2 economy as it undergoes a prolonged slowdown.

The survey of factory purchasing managers out Friday eased to 50.0 in June from 50.1 the month before.

By coming in at the exact midpoint of the 100-point scale, the latest reading on the Chinese Federation of Logistics & Purchasing’s survey indicates that factory activity neither expanded nor contracted from the month before.

A separate private survey released the same day painted a more pessimistic picture of conditions in China’s manufacturing sector, which employs many millions of workers.

The Caixin/Markit index slipped to 48.6 last month from 49.2 in May as production shrank at the quickest pace in four months.

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