China's manufacturing PMI drops
China's purchasing managers' index (PMI) for manufacturing sector dropped to 50.2 percent in February, down from 50.5 percent for January, official data showed Saturday.
February continued January's decline with most sub-indices shrinking, according to a statement jointly released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing.
A reading below 50 indicates contraction, while that above 50 signals expansion, Xinhua reported.
The index shows the manufacturing sector was expanding, but growth rate was slowing down, said Zhao Qinghe, a senior analyst with the NBS.
Zhao attributed the decline to the Spring Festival holiday, when most enterprises suspended production and workers went back home for the holiday.
In February, the sub-index for production stood at 52.6 percent, down 0.4 percentage points from January, while the sub-index for new orders lost 0.4 percentage points to 50.5 percent, the statement said.
The sub-index for new export orders edged down to 48.2 percent and import sub-index dropped to 46.5 percent.
Despite overall retreats, the sub-index for production and business expectation climbed to 61.8 percent, indicating strengthening enterprises' confidence for future economic growth.
(Posted on 01-03-2014)