A worker collects crude salt at Taibei Saltern in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. A plunge in a gauge of Chinese factory activity has added to fears about the world's number two economy. Photo: AFP A worker collects crude salt at Taibei Saltern in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. A plunge in a gauge of Chinese factory activity has added to fears about the world's number two economy. Photo: AFP
A worker collects crude salt at Taibei Saltern in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. A plunge in a gauge of Chinese factory activity has added to fears about the world's number two economy. Photo: AFP

China’s factory activity in September plummets to lowest level since March 2009: surveys

Reports on mainland manufacturing suggest conditions are deteriorating and reinforce views Beijing will have to roll out even more stimulus measures soon to avert a sharper slowdown

A worker collects crude salt at Taibei Saltern in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. A plunge in a gauge of Chinese factory activity has added to fears about the world's number two economy. Photo: AFP A worker collects crude salt at Taibei Saltern in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. A plunge in a gauge of Chinese factory activity has added to fears about the world's number two economy. Photo: AFP
A worker collects crude salt at Taibei Saltern in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. A plunge in a gauge of Chinese factory activity has added to fears about the world's number two economy. Photo: AFP
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