HSBC/Markit Services PMI for May: 50.7 (prior was 51.4)

  • comes in at a 4-month low

HSBC/Markit Composite PMI for May: 50.2 (prior was 49.5)

Composite moves into expansion (but only barely).

From the release:

Commenting … Hongbin Qu, Chief Economist, China & Co-Head of Asian Economic Research at HSBC said:

“The headline HSBC China Services PMI moderated to 50.7 in May, down from 51.4 in April. Latest data signalled a relatively big drop in the business expectations index, which fell to an 11-month low of 58.1, down from 60.7 in April. Both the new business and outstanding business indices were slightly weaker than April. The employment index, unchanged over the month, remained at a relatively low level. Coming after the stronger Manufacturing PMI reading for May, the slight disappointment in the headline Services PMI suggests that growth momentum remains slow and private sector sentiment is weak. We think policy makers should continue to ease monetary and fiscal policies in the coming months to help support growth.”

China HSBC services and composite PMI 05 June 2014

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