China’s manufacturing activity unexpectedly expands in November: Caixin survey

China’s manufacturing sector unexpectedly expanded in November, according to a survey by Caixin.

The Caixin purchasing managers’ index climbed to 50.7 last month from 49.5 in October, as a rise in new orders helped lift factory production.

The November PMI recorded the fastest expansion in three months and beat Reuters poll estimates of 49.8.

Though modest, the rate of new order growth was the best seen since June, with firms often noting that firmer market conditions had helped to lift sales. However, new work from overseas continued to fall slightly, underscoring a relatively challenging external demand environment,” the survey said.

A reading above the 50-point mark signifies growth.

— Shreyashi Sanyal

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