Economic Information, a daily newspaper under Xinhua, recently reported on the February HSBC PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) number for the Chinese manufacturing industry. The February number was 50.4, which was the lowest in four months. Experts expressed the belief that the primary cause of the decline in the PMI was the high pressure on the export side, especially as the demand from the United States suffered a decline. Some also thought the slowness caused by the Chinese New Year celebration was another factor affecting the low PMI number. Many small and mid-sized manufacturers in the Chinese coastal area are experiencing difficulties in their operations. PMI is an indicator of financial activity reflecting the purchase managers’ acquisition of goods and services. A PMI number below 50 typically reflects a decline.
Source: Economic Information, February 26, 2013