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  • BEIJING, Feb 25- Activity in China's mammoth factory sector edged up to a four-month high in February but export orders shrank at their fastest rate in 20 months, a private survey showed, painting a murky outlook that argues for more policy support. The flash HSBC/ Markit Purchasing Managers' Index inched up to 50.1 in February, a whisker above the 50- point level...

  • The jump in activity will provide a glimmer of hope for policymakers who have struggled to steer the monetary union towards growth with modest inflation, but may also support the European Central Bank's decision to buy sovereign bonds. "For the first time since mid-2011 we're seeing a broad-based improvement in growth," said Chris Williamson, chief economist...

  • The Markit/ JMMA flash Japan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index fell to a seasonally adjusted 51.5 in February from a final 52.2 in January. Data on Thursday showed Japan's annual exports in January jumped the most since late 2013, supported by shipments of cars to the United States and of electronics parts to Asia. The final Markit/ JMMA PMI for February...

  • Global business activity picked up in Jan -PMI Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    JPMorgan's Global All-Industry Output Index, produced with Markit, nudged up to 52.8 in January from December's 14- month low of 52.4. "The start of 2015 saw the Global PMI Output Index at last edge higher, halting the slowdown in growth signaled by the surveys in the latter half of last year," said David Hensley, a director at JPMorgan. The index combines survey data...

  • *Strong new orders, jobs growth boosts UK firms- PMI. Survey signals quarterly UK GDP growth above +0.5 pct. A monthly survey by Markit/ CIPS of businesses in the dominant services sector suggested the economy as a whole is growing at a rate slightly above the 0.5 percent recorded in the final three months of 2014..

  • *PMIs point to Q1 growth of 0.3 pct- Markit. Data compiler Markit said the survey, carried out mostly before the European Central Bank announced a near-trillion euro quantitative easing program to revive inflation and boost the economy, pointed to first-quarter growth of 0.3 percent. Among the big-four nations, output expanded in Germany, Italy and Spain, but the...

  • Is China's slowdown here to stay?   Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 4:00 AM ET
    Is China's slowdown here to stay?

    Charlie Diebel, head of macro strategy at Aviva Investors, says that despite data underlining China's slowdown, the country is doing a "good job" at controlling it.

  • Indian services growth picks up pace in January - PMI Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    BENGALURU, Feb 4- Growth among India's services firms picked up pace in January as burgeoning order books boosted confidence, suggesting further expansion this month, a business survey showed on Wednesday. The HSBC Services Purchasing Managers' Index, compiled by Markit, rose to 52.4 in January from 51.1 in December. "The January Services PMI was marked by faster...

  • China Jan HSBC services PMI falls to 6-month low Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 8:45 PM ET

    BEIJING, Feb 4- China's services sector grew at the slowest pace in six months in January, a private survey showed, raising expectations that policymakers will need to unveil more stimulus measures to avert a sharper slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The services sector has been the lone bright spot in China's economy. China's economic growth...

  • *HSBC services PMI falls to 51.8 in Jan, a 6- month low. BEIJING, Feb 4- China's services sector grew at the slowest pace in six months in January as growth in new business weakened, a private survey showed, raising expectations that policymakers may unveil more stimulus steps to avert a sharper slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The HSBC/ Markit...

  • The Markit/ CIPS construction purchasing managers' index rose to 59.1 from December's 17- month low of 57.6, topping all forecasts in a Reuters poll and far above the 50 mark that signifies growth. "In short, the peak speed of the construction recovery seems to be over, but reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated," said Tim Moore, senior economist at Markit.

  • JPMorgan's Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, produced with Markit, nudged up to 51.7 in January from December's 16- month low of 51.5. "The January PMI featured a big drop in input costs, as the slump in oil prices drove down costs and provided some useful respite for margins across much of the global manufacturing sector," said David Hensley, a...

  • LONDON, Feb 2- British manufacturing grew slightly faster in January thanks in part to a modest recovery in export orders, and trimmed prices as raw material costs fell at their quickest rate since May 2009, a survey showed on Monday. Markit/ CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 53.0 from an upwardly revised 52.7 in December, beating a Reuters...

  • WARSAW, Feb 2- Central European factory output jumped in January supported by falling oil prices and rising domestic demand, pointing to a stronger outlook for growth. The manufacturing PMI in Poland, the region's largest economy, rose to 55.2 last month, data compiled by Markit and HSBC showed, with the index posting its largest month-on-month increase since...

  • Markit/ CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 53.0 from 52.7 in December, beating a Reuters poll forecast for 52.6 and holding comfortably above the 50 mark that signals growth. The figures suggest manufacturing output is rising at a quarterly pace of around 0.2 percent, according to survey compiler Markit, only a slight improvement on the...

  • LONDON, Feb 2- Euro zone factory activity grew slightly last month as companies kept slashing prices, but a weakened currency did little to help drive new orders from abroad, a survey showed on Monday. "Euro zone manufacturing showed signs of pulling out of the doldrums at the start of the year, but the rate of expansion remained disappointingly meagre, vindicating...

  • ISM manufacturing, Markit's eurozone PMI in focus. LONDON, Feb 2- The Swiss franc hit a two-week low against the euro and the dollar on Monday, on talk that the Swiss National Bank was intervening to weaken the currency and on a report that it was targeting a new informal band. A Swiss newspaper, Schweiz am Sonntag, reported on Sunday that the SNB is unofficially...

  • Cooling growth and inflation could give the Reserve Bank of India reason to cut interest rates again in the coming months but any move may depend on the government's annual budget due on Feb. 28. The HSBC Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, compiled by Markit, fell to a three-month low of 52.9 in January from December's two-year high of 54.5.

  • JAKARTA, Feb 2- Indonesia's manufacturing activity shrank for the fourth straight month in Janaury but at a slower pace, indicating the industry could be stabilising, the HSBC Markit purchasing managers' index survey showed on Monday. "There are still signs that, while manufacturing sector conditions are likely to remain soft in the upcoming months, the sector...

  • *HSBC/ Markit final PMI level 49.7 vs Dec 49.6. SHANGHAI, Feb 2- Activity in China's factory sector shrank for the second straight month in January, a private business survey showed on Monday, as the new year got off to a rocky start for the world's second-largest economy. "Demand in the manufacturing sector remains weak and more aggressive monetary and fiscal easing...