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  • BEIJING, Dec 16- Activity in China's factory sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months as new orders declined, a preliminary private survey showed on Tuesday, fueling expectations that more stimulus will be needed to avert a sharper economic slowdown. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to 49.5 in...

  • Survey: Chinese manufacturing contracted in December Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:25 PM ET

    HSBC's preliminary purchasing managers' index fell to a seven month low of 49.5 from 50 in November, based on a 100- point scale on which numbers above 50 indicate expansion. It's the latest in a string of weak data on China's economy, which is struggling to meet its full-year growth target amid weak global demand. "The manufacturing slowdown continues in December...

  • BEIJING, Dec 16- Activity in China's factory sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months as new orders declined, a preliminary private survey showed on Tuesday, fueling expectations that more stimulus will be needed to avert a sharper economic slowdown. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to 49.5 in...

  • BEIJING, Dec 16- Activity in China's factory sector shrank in December for the first time in seven months as new orders declined, a preliminary private survey showed on Tuesday, adding to expectations that more stimulus may be needed to avert a sharper economic slowdown. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to 49.5 in December...

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- Growth in Japanese manufacturing activity picked up slightly in December and output grew at the fastest pace since September, a survey showed on Tuesday, suggesting the economy is recovering from a recession in the third quarter. The Markit/ JMMA flash Japan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index rose to a seasonally adjusted 52.1 in December...

  • Business events scheduled for Tuesday Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases housing starts for November, 8:30 a.m.. BERLIN— Germany's ZEW institute releases its monthly index of investor confidence in Europe's biggest economy. CHINA— HSBC preliminary China manufacturing purchasing managers' index.

  • Global economy to expand at solid pace in Q4 -PMI Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    JPMorgan's Global All-Industry Output Index, produced with Markit, fell to a seven-month low of 53.2 from October's 53.5 but has now held above the 50 mark that divides growth from contraction for more than two years. "November saw global economic growth continue its gradual slowdown from the highs of the middle of the year," said David Hensley, a director at...

  • In contrast, a survey covering China's services industry showed slightly faster expansion. "There are clear downside risks to various areas of the world economy including the euro zone and to some extent China," said Philip Shaw, chief economist at Investec. Markit's final November Composite Purchasing Managers' Index, based on surveys of thousands of...

  • *Markit says data point to 0.6 pct Q4 GDP growth. The closely watched Markit/ CIPS services purchasing managers' index rose to 58.6 in November after falling sharply to 56.2 in October, beating all forecasts in a Reuters poll, amid reports of firm demand and increased new business. Markit said that taken together, the surveys suggested Britain's economy will grow...

  • LONDON, Dec 3- Heavy discounting failed to stop euro zone business activity growing less than thought last month, a survey showed on Wednesday, suggesting the bloc's economy may contract again early next year. "The region is on course to see a mere 0.1 percent GDP growth in the final quarter of the year, with a strong likelihood of the near-stagnation turning to...

  • BEIJING, Dec 3- China's services sector grew slightly faster in November, two surveys showed on Wednesday, a welcome respite to a run of underwhelming data but still unlikely to allay concerns about the softening Chinese economy. A separate services PMI published by HSBC/ Markit inched up to 53.0 last month from October's 52.9, as new orders rose at their quickest...

  • China HSBC services PMI edges up to 53 in November Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 8:45 PM ET

    BEIJING, Dec 3- China's services sector grew marginally faster in November as new orders rose at their quickest pace in 2-1/ 2 years, a private survey showed, an encouraging sign of strength that contrasts sharply with the gloom in the other parts of the economy. The HSBC/ Markit Services Purchasing Managers' Index inched up to 53.0 last month from October's 52.9,...

  • China official services PMI edges up to 53.9 in Nov Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 8:19 PM ET

    BEIJING, Dec 3- China's services sector grew slightly faster in November, an official survey showed on Wednesday, a welcome respite to a run of underwhelming data from the world's second-largest economy as it faces its worst slowdown in at least six years.

  • Global factory growth at 14-month low in Nov -PMI Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 1- Global manufacturing activity expanded at its weakest pace in over a year in November, with new orders rising at their slowest rate since July 2013, a business survey showed on Monday. JPMorgan's Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, produced with Markit, fell to 51.8 in November from October's 52.2. The PMI combines survey data from...

  • *Discounts, online buys hurt Thanksgiving weekend sales. NEW YORK, Dec 1- U.S. stocks were set to fall at the open on Monday as manufacturing growth across Asia and Europe eased in November, while retailers could be pressured as Thanksgiving weekend in-store sales failed to impress. Markit's final November manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for the euro...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 1- U.S. stock index futures fell on Monday as manufacturing growth across Asia and Europe eased in November, with demand waning even in the face of sharp price cuts. The Select Sector SPDR Energy exchange traded fund fell 1 percent in light premarket trading. *Markit's final November manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for the euro zone was 50.1,...

  • *Polish manufacturing unexpectedly hits 8- month high. WARSAW, Dec 1- Central European factory output accelerated in November, with rising domestic demand, relatively low debt and falling oil prices helping the region outperform the stagnating euro zone. Poland's manufacturing PMI rose to 53.2 last month, its highest level since March, from 51.2 in October,...

  • *China official PMI slips in November, below forecast. LONDON, Dec 1- Copper tumbled to its lowest in four-and-a-half years on Monday, hit by a plunge in oil prices to five-year lows and signs of slowing factory growth in Europe and top consumer China. The danger now is that weakness in Japan, China and Europe pull back recovery in the U.S., "said Fast Markets head of...

  • Markit/ CIPS's UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 53.5 from 53.3 in October, reaching its highest level in four months and keeping well above the 50.0 mark denoting expansion. Orders from the euro zone were also hit by the weakening of the euro against sterling, survey compilers Markit said. "Waning inflationary pressures in industry will...

  • Also worryingly for policymakers at the European Central Bank, who are struggling to bolster growth and drive up dangerously low inflation, factory activity declined in the bloc's three biggest economies of Germany, France and Italy. There is a risk that renewed rot is spreading across the region from the core, "said Chris Williamson, chief economist at survey...