The decline was largely unexpected, with the median forecast in a Bloomberg survey predicting an unchanged reading of 50.2. Photos: Reuters

China’s economy slows further as manufacturing contracts for first time in two and a half years

  • Purchasing managers’ index falls to 49.4 in December putting more pressure on China to make concessions to ease the trade war with the United States
  • Drop in manufacturing activity partly offset by stronger service sector
Topic |   China economy

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The decline was largely unexpected, with the median forecast in a Bloomberg survey predicting an unchanged reading of 50.2. Photos: Reuters
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