SecuTimes recently reported that the HSBC released the final June PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) number for the Chinese manufacturing sector, showing it to be 48.2, the lowest in the past seven months. Experts suggested that the number indicates that there has been a continuous decline in the Chinese economy. Some also suggested that this could be part of the process of bottoming out and there might be a small rebound in the third quarter. The National Bureau of Statistics released a similar PMI number, showing it to be 50.2, which was also a 7 month low. PMI is an indicator of financial activity reflecting purchasing managers’ acquisition of goods and services. A PMI number below 50 typically reflects a decline.
Source: SecuTimes, July 3, 2012