A key private sector indicator on Thursday – which showed Chinese factory activity slumped to a nine-month low in August against expectations of a modest seasonal pickup – throws up the question when the worldâ€™s second largest economy will finally hit a bottom.
The second quarter, during which growth slowed to 7.6 percent, was regarded by many economists as the bottom for Chinese economic growth. However, experts say this view may have been overly optimistic.
â€œ(While) we still believe the Chinese economy will pick up steam in the fourth quarter, this idea that the bottom has already passed in May-June is optimistic,â€ Frederic Neumann, Co-Head of Asian Economics Research at HSBC told CNBC after the release of the data.
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