Summary – Services and Composite PMI data
Caixin China Composite PMI™ data (which covers both manufacturing and services) indicated a second successive monthly expansion of overall business activity in China during April. That said, the rate of activity growth eased since March to signal only a marginal rate of increase, with the composite index posting 50.8, down from 51.3.
April data indicated that growth of Chinese business activity continued to be led by the service sector, as output broadly stagnated at manufacturers. That said, the rate of services activity growth slowed slightly since March, with the Caixin China General Services Business Activity Index posting 51.8 in April, down from 52.2 in March. Moreover, this indicated that the pace of service sector expansion remained modest overall, and slower than the historical series average.
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