Sunday, July 1, 2012

FX Insight China’s manufacturing expanded at the weakest pace in seven months

The Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 50.2 in June from 50.4 in May, the Beijing-based National Bureau of Statistics and China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said yesterday. South Korea’s Ministry of Knowledge Economy lowered its projection for overseas sales to an increase of 3.5 percent from 6.7 percent, citing a slowdown in major economies. -

 Manufacturing data from China, the world’s biggest exporter, signal the government may need to add stimulus to arrest an economic slowdown that probably extended into a sixth quarter. The downturn is rippling through Asian nations, with South Korea’s sales to China, its biggest market, stalling in the first 20 days of June. -

 “It’s clear the slowdown of export growth as a result of weakness in Europe and the U.S. continues to weigh on the Chinese economy,” said Lu Ting, head of greater China economics at Bank of America Corp. in Hong Kong. The weaker PMI reading “will likely push policy makers to introduce incremental measures such as reserve-ratio cuts and easing lending restrictions to stabilize growth. . LINK TO Bloomberg article

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