China’s closely-watched official manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI), due out on Thursday, is expected to show factory activity contracted for the first time in 10 months as the world’s second largest economy suffers a deepening slowdown.
The government’s official PMI, which tracks large and state-owned firms, is forecast to fall below the key 50 threshold that demarcates expansion from contraction to between 49.2 and 49.8 in July, according to four economists polled by CNBC. The PMI stood at 50.1 in June.
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