The flash reading for the HSBC China manufacturing PMI for December:

  • Lowest in 7 months
China flash PMi 16 December 2014
china flash pmi 16 December 2014 2

Comments from Hongbin Qu, Chief Economist, China & CoHead of Asian Economic Research at HSBC:

  • “The HSBC China Manufacturing PMI dropped to a seven-month low of 49.5 in the flash reading for December, down from 50.0 in November.
  • Domestic demand slowed considerably and fell below 50 for the first time since April 2014.
  • Price indices also fell sharply.
  • The manufacturing slowdown continues in December and points to a weak ending for 2014.
  • The rising disinflationary pressures, which fundamentally reflect weak demand, warrant further monetary easing in the coming months.”

The Flash PMI is typically based on around 85 to 90% of the responses to surveys sent to purchasing managers at more than 420 firms. Well get the final reading next week.