01 Feb '11, 5am

Chinese manufacturing growth slows in January

Chinese manufacturing growth slows in January

SHANGHAI: Manufacturing growth in China slowed in January, official figures released Tuesday showed, but rising input costs signalled Beijing has not yet tamed inflation. The country's Purchasing Managers Index fell to 52.9 in January from 53.9 in December, the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, which issues the data with the National Bureau of Statistics, said in a statement. A figure above 50 indicates expansion in China's vast manufacturing sector while a figure below 50 represents contraction. However, an independent seasonally adjusted PMI reading released by HSBC bank indicated manufacturing activity stayed relatively stable in January at 54.5, up slightly from 54.4 in December. Economists said the figures would likely prompt Chinese policymakers to continue focusing on fighting consumer inflation, which eased in December from the previous month but remain...

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