China Factory Growth Eases Putting Recovery at Risk

China’s factory-sector growth eased in April as new export orders fell for the first time this year, a private survey showed on Thursday, suggesting the euro zone recession and sluggish U.S. demand may be reining in China’s economic recovery.

The final HSBC Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dropped to 50.4 in April from March’s 51.6 and was largely in line with a flash reading last week of 50.5. Fifty divides expansion from contraction on a monthly basis.

China’s official PMI on Wednesday painted a similar picture, falling to 50.6 in April from an 11-month high of 50.9 in March as new export orders fell.


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