China HSBC/Markit Flash reading for manufacturing PMI for November

Key points

  • Six-month low (lowest since May)
  • Flash China Manufacturing Output Index at 49.5 in November (50.7 in October). Seven-month low.

Hongbin Qu, Chief Economist, China & CoHead of Asian Economic Research at HSBC (bolding is mine):

  • The HSBC China Manufacturing PMI moderated to a six-month low of 50.0 in the flash reading for November, down from the October final reading of 50.4.
  • New export order growth continued to ease and led to a below-50 reading for the output sub-index for the first time since May.
  • Disinflationary pressures remain strong and the labour market showed further signs of weakening.
  • Weak price pressures and low capacity utilization point to insufficient demand in the economy.
  • Furthermore, we still see uncertainties in the months ahead from the property market and on the export front.
  • We think growth still faces significant downward pressures, and more monetary and fiscal easing measures should be deployed.”
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