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China manufacturing falls to 5-month low as anti-virus controls tighten

China's manufacturing activity fell to a five-month low in March after most of Shanghai and two other industrial centres were shut down to fight coronavirus outbreaks, a survey showed Thursday.

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China's manufacturing activity fell to a five-month low in March after most of Shanghai and two other industrial centres were shut down to fight coronavirus outbreaks, a survey showed Thursday.
The monthly purchasing managers' index of the Chinese statistics agency and an industry group, the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, fell to 49.5 from February's 50.2 on a 100-point scale. Numbers below 50 show activity contracting.
Sub-indicators of new orders, new export orders, employment, production and business expectations all declined, the report said.
Even if the outbreak is brought under control soon, it will still take a while for the economy to get back on track, Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics said in a report.
Most businesses in Shanghai, China's most populous city, have been ordered to close while millions of people are tested for the virus.
Access to Changchun and Jilin in the northeast has been suspended, forcing automakers and other factories to shut down. Restrictions also have been imposed on some smaller cities.

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First Published: Mar 31 2022 | 11:54 AM IST

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