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China February Factory Growth Beats Expectations as Global Demand Improves

Posted March 01, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Elias Glenn & Yawen Chen – Reuters)

China’s factory activity expanded faster than expected in February as domestic and export demand picked up, adding to signs that the global economy is regaining momentum even as fears grow of a surge in trade protectionism.

Growth in both output and orders accelerated last month, according to official and private factory surveys on Wednesday, giving the government more room to focus on tackling financial risks to the economy as debt continues to rise.

“This is the 7th consecutive month that China’s official manufacturing PMI stayed within expansionary territory, suggesting that industrial activity remains buoyant,” said Zhou Hao, emerging markets economist at Commerzbank AG in Singapore. Click here to read more.

Related: South Korea’s February Exports Post Best Growth in 5 Years as Global Demand Improves (Straights Times)