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  • 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.

  • China manufacturing growth in September low Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 2:46 AM ET

    BEIJING— China's manufacturing activity in September held steady at the previous month's low level, indicating the world's second-largest economy faces risks to growth, a survey showed Tuesday. HSBC Corp.' s monthly purchasing managers' index stood at 50.2 on a 100- point scale on which numbers above 50 indicate expansion.

  • 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.

  • China factory index ticks up, easing growth fears Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 7:46 AM ET

    HONG KONG— Growth in China's sprawling manufacturing industry unexpectedly ticked higher in September, according to a report Tuesday, easing concerns about the No. 2 economy's recovery. HSBC's purchasing manager index edged up to 50.5 this month from 50.2 in August, based on a 100- point scale on which numbers below 50 indicate contraction.

  • Eurozone survey signals waning growth Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 4:50 AM ET

    In its monthly survey, financial information company Markit said its purchasing managers' index for the eurozone— a closely watched gauge of business activity— fell to a nine-month low of 52.3 in September from the previous month's 52.5. Germany, according to Markit, appears to have recovered at least some of the ground it lost in the spring and early summer.

  • *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.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 23- China shares rose on Tuesday after a preliminary survey showed the Chinese manufacturing sector unexpectedly picked up in September, easing but not dispelling concerns that the country could see a sharp slowdown in growth.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 23- China shares on Tuesday clawed back some of the previous day's losses after a preliminary survey showed China's manufacturing sector unexpectedly picked up in September, while the Hong Kong market hovered near two-month lows. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong was up 0.3 percent.