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Manufacturing Activity Maintains Steam in January

Chinese-made buses get ready to be shipped for export on Wednesday at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. Photo: VCG
Chinese-made buses get ready to be shipped for export on Wednesday at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. Photo: VCG

China’s manufacturing activity expanded for an eighth straight month in January as companies ramped up production on solid demand, a Caixin survey showed Thursday.

The Caixin China General Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) came in at 51.5 last month, unchanged from that in December, which was the highest reading since August.

The indicator is closely watched by investors as one of the first available monthly barometers of the health of the world’s second-largest economy. A number greater than 50 indicates an expansion in activity, while a reading of less than 50 means a contraction.

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