The pick up in the metric was somewhat at odds with the official manufacturing PMI released by the National Bureau Statistics on Thursday, which dropped to 49.2 from 49.5 in January, meaning that the contraction of China’s factory activity intensified last month. Photo: Reuters

China manufacturing stabilised in February, but ‘too soon to call bottom of current economic cycle’

  • Results in contrast to official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index, which deteriorated further in February
  • Like official survey, the private index shows domestic orders rose even as overseas orders fell
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The pick up in the metric was somewhat at odds with the official manufacturing PMI released by the National Bureau Statistics on Thursday, which dropped to 49.2 from 49.5 in January, meaning that the contraction of China’s factory activity intensified last month. Photo: Reuters
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Orange Wang

Orange Wang

Orange Wang covers the Chinese macroeconomy, and has many years of experience with China's monetary and fiscal policy moves. He also covered global market and financial news for a long time, with a particular focus on new technologies and their influences on economic growth and society. Before joining the South China Morning Post, Orange worked as a Shanghai Correspondent for ET Net, a Hong Kong financial news agency.