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China's factory activity contracts again in Aug as power cuts curb output

China's manufacturing purchasing managers index rose to 49.4 from 49 in July, according to a statement from the National Bureau of Statistics

The Three Gorges Dam and low water levels along the Yangtze River in China's Yichang, on August 23. (Photo: Bloomberg)
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The Three Gorges Dam and low water levels along the Yangtze River in China's Yichang, on August 23. (Photo: Bloomberg)

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China’s factory activity contracted in August for a second straight month, with the economy taking a hit from power shortages spurred by a historic drought, on top of a property market crisis and Covid outbreaks.
 
The official manufacturing purchasing managers index rose to 49.4 from 49 in July, according to a statement from the National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday. That was slightly higher than the 49.2 in a Bloomberg survey of economists, but still below the 50 mark that separates expansion from contraction.

The non-manufacturing gauge, which measures activity in the construction and services sectors, fell to 52.6 from

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First Published: Aug 31 2022 | 8:58 AM IST

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