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  • BEIJING, Oct 3- China's services sector grew at its slowest pace in eight months in September after new orders shrank for the first time since the 2008 global financial crisis, a survey showed on Friday, exposing more weakness in the world's second-largest economy. In a sign that China's cooling property market remained a key drag on the economy, the PMI showed the...

  • China Sept official services PMI falls to 8-month low Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 9:10 PM ET

    BEIJING, Oct 3- Growth in China's services sector eased a shade in September to an eight-month low after new orders shrank for the first time in at least a year, an official survey showed on Friday, the latest sign of weakness in the world's second-largest economy. The official non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index edged down to 54.0 in September from 54.4...

  • LONDON, Oct 2- British construction activity grew at one of the fastest rates on record last month, though slower rises in new orders and employment raise questions about the durability of the upturn, a survey of purchasing managers showed on Thursday. The Markit/ CIPS construction PMI rose to 64.2 in September from 64.0 in August, beating economists'...

  • *China's PMI steadies at 51.1, just above forecast. LONDON, Oct 1- Oil rose from a more than two-year low to above $96 a barrel on Wednesday, supported by a slightly better-than-expected Chinese factory survey and a surprise drop in U.S. crude oil inventories.

  • *China's PMI steadies at 51.1, just above forecast. LONDON, Oct 1- Oil rose from a more than two-year low to over $95 a barrel on Wednesday as a slightly better-than-expected Chinese factory survey countered worries of an economic slowdown in the world's No. 2 oil consumer and ample supplies.

  • The Markit/ CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index released on Wednesday fell to 51.6, its lowest level since April last year and below a consensus forecast of 52.5 in a Reuters poll of economists. August's reading was revised down to 52.2 from a previous estimate of 52.5, Markit said.

  • *China's PMI steadies at 51.1, just above forecast. *Ample supply, higher OPEC output weighs on prices. Concern over growing oil supply despite conflict in the Middle East and a stronger dollar pushed global benchmark Brent to its lowest since June 2012 on Tuesday, and the same factors are likely to keep a lid on any price recovery.

  • That underscores the difficulty the European Central Bank is likely to have in bringing low inflation back up to its target of just below 2 percent, especially with low demand for goods and services in a stagnating economy.

  • "It's a tiny bit better than the market expected, but the China bears have been beating their chest very loudly in the past few weeks so we should see some relief rally," said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney. Brent oil for November delivery was up 30 cents at $94.97 a barrel by 0627 GMT, off a session high of $95.17.

  • TOKYO, Oct 1- Asian shares slumped on Wednesday as continued civil unrest in Hong Kong and a downbeat day on Wall Street sapped confidence, while the dollar index was close to a four-year high after marking its best quarterly gain in six years.

  • "It's a tiny bit better than the market expected, but the China bears have been beating their chest very loudly in the past few weeks so we should see some relief rally," said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney. The contract fell $2.53 to settle at $94.67 on Tuesday, after touching a session low of $94.24, its weakest since June 2012.

  • Brent edges above $95 on relief over China's PMI Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 10:36 PM ET

    "It's a tiny bit better than the market expected, but the China bears have been beating their chest very loudly in the past few weeks so we should see some relief rally," said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney. The contract fell $2.53 to settle at $94.67 on Tuesday, after touching a session low of $94.24, its weakest since June 2012.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 1- SEOUL, Oct 1- South Korea's manufacturing activity shrank in September as domestic and export demand cooled, a survey found on Wednesday, fueling fresh doubts about the strength of its economic recovery.

  • China's September official PMI steady at 51.1 Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 9:13 PM ET

    BEIJING, Oct 1- Growth in China's manufacturing sector steadied in September as an official Purchasing Managers' Index hovered at 51.1, a touch ahead of forecasts and welcome news for some investors who fear the Chinese economy is cooling too fast. A PMI reading above 50 indicates growth on a monthly basis, and a reading below that points to contraction.

  • BEIJING, Sept 30- China's vast factory sector showed signs of steadying in September as export orders climbed, a private survey showed on Tuesday, easing fears of a hard landing but pointing to a still-sluggish economy facing considerable risks.

  • BEIJING, Sept 30- Activity in China's vast factory sector showed signs of steadying in September as export orders climbed, a private survey showed on Tuesday, easing fears of a hard landing but pointing to a still-sluggish economy facing considerable risks.

  • *China official PMI seen at 51.2 in Sept vs 51.1 in Aug Data due on Oct 1 at 0100 GMT. BEIJING, Sept 26- Growth in China's manufacturing sector probably steadied in September as factory orders held up, a Reuters poll showed, providing some welcome relief for those who worry the Chinese economy is quickly losing steam.

  • TOKYO, Sept 24- Japan's manufacturing activity picked up in the third quarter, a survey showed, but economists say they need more information on wages and consumer spending to determine whether the government should raise the sales tax again next year.

  • *Aussie slightly firmer as HSBC flash China PMI tops forecasts. LONDON, Sept 23- The euro pulled away from a 14- month trough against the dollar on Tuesday, getting some relief from a business survey showing Germany's economy probably expanded in the third quarter.

  • *PMIs suggest Q3 economic growth of 0.3 pct- Markit. Markit's Composite Flash Purchasing Managers' Index, based on surveys of thousands of companies across the region and seen as a good indicator of growth, dipped to a nine-month low of 52.3, shy of expectations in a Reuters poll for no change from August's 52.5.