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China’s manufacturing slows, but downturn may be stabilizing: report

Analysts expect a rebound late this year after two interest rate cuts and more government spending.


September 20, 2012
by The Canadian Press

BEIJING—A business survey shows China’s manufacturing contracted again in September but suggests the slowdown might be stabilizing.

HSBC Corp. said a preliminary version of its purchasing managers’ index, based on a survey of some 420 companies, stood at 47.8 on a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 indicate a contraction. That was up slightly from August’s 47.6.

“China’s manufacturing growth is still slowing, but the pace of slowdown is stabilizing,” said HSBC economist Hongbin Qu.

Analysts expect a rebound in China’s economic growth late this year or in early 2013 following two interest rate cuts and higher government spending aimed at reversing the country’s deepest slump since the 2008 global crisis.