The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for US manufacturing sank to 47.8 in September, the lowest since June 2009, marking the second straight month of contraction. Photo: AFP

US-China trade war could slow global manufacturing activity into start of 2020, economists warn

  • China’s manufacturing activity contracted for a fifth straight month in September, while Germany and the United States dropped to their lowest levels since June 2009
  • World Trade Organisation also slashed its global trade growth forecast for 2019 to 1.2 per cent, more than half of its projection of 2.6 per cent earlier in April
Topic |   China economy

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The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for US manufacturing sank to 47.8 in September, the lowest since June 2009, marking the second straight month of contraction. Photo: AFP
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Kathleen Magramo

Kathleen Magramo

Kathleen is a Graduate Trainee reporter at The Post. She joined the team in 2019 after graduating with a degree in politics and journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Previously, she was an intern at Asian Private Banker, covering fintech and private banking. As a Filipino who grew up in Hong Kong, she speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and Tagalog.