A Chinese manufacturing gauge recovered lost ground in January, suggesting stimulus measures have helped stabilize the world’s second-largest economy.
The preliminary Purchasing Managers’ Index from HSBC Holdings Plc and Markit Economics was at 49.8, exceeding the median estimate of 49.5 in a Bloomberg survey and up from December’s 49.6. Numbers below 50 indicate contraction.
China’s gross domestic product increased 7.4 percent in 2014, the slowest full-year pace in 24 years, and provinces are lowering targets for this year’s expansion. Along with data this week showing industrial output and retail sales improved in December, the first reading of the economy’s momentum in January may alleviate concerns of a deeper downturn.