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  • *Euro zone PMI points to quarterly growth of 0.4 pct- Markit. LONDON, Aug 5- Euro zone business expanded at the second-fastest pace in three years in July but robust growth could not mask the deflationary pressures weighing on the region just two days ahead of a European Central Bank monetary policy meeting.

  • *European shares rise, shrug off Asia weakness. *Asia hit by unexpected weakness in China services PMI. Investors were cheered by strong results from German luxury carmaker BMW and France's third biggest listed bank Credit Agricole, among others, enabling European equities to buck the trend in Asian markets which were hit by weak Chinese data.

  • UK services PMI rises to 8-month high - Markit/CIPS Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    The Markit/ CIPS services purchasing managers' index rose to an eight-month high of 59.1 in July from June's reading of 57.7, beating the average forecast of 57.9 in a Reuters poll of economists. "The domestic economy clearly continued to boom in July," said Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, which compiles the survey.

  • *PMI points to quarterly economic growth of 0.4 pct- Markit. Markit's Purchasing Managers' Index for the euro zone's service industry leapt to 54.2 from June's 52.8, although that was down from a flash reading of 54.4.

  • TOKYO, Aug 5- Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a 1-1/ 2- week low on Tuesday, extending its declines into a fourth day after a survey showed China's services sector growth fell to a record low.

  • BEIJING, Aug 5- Growth in China's services sector slowed sharply in July to its lowest level in nearly nine years, a private sector survey showed on Tuesday, indicating a recovery in the broader economy is still fragile and may need further government support.

  • *Greentown China plunges on profit warning. HONG KONG, Aug 5- Hong Kong and China shares slipped on Tuesday after a survey showed growth In China's services sector fell to a record low, with property developers the main underperformers.

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 percent, turning negative after the China services purchasing managers' index compiled by HSBC/ Markit fell to 50.0 in July from a 15- month high of 53.1 in June.

  • BEIJING, Aug 5- Growth in China's services sector slowed sharply in July to its lowest level in nearly nine years, a private sector survey showed on Tuesday, indicating a recovery in the broader economy is still fragile and may need further government support.

  • BEIJING, Aug 5- China's services sector grew at its slowest pace in nearly nine years in July as new business slowed to a trickle, a private survey showed on Tuesday, indicating a recovery in the broader economy is still fragile.

  • China services data shows 6-month low Sunday, 3 Aug 2014 | 12:22 AM ET

    Growth in China's services sector slipped to a six-month low in July, showing a dip in an industry that has been a bright spot in the Chinese economy.

  • UPDATE 1-China July official services PMI dips to 54.2 Saturday, 2 Aug 2014 | 10:09 PM ET

    BEIJING, Aug 3- Growth in China's services sector retreated slightly in July, an official survey showed on Sunday, an indication that buoyant growth among Chinese factories has yet to fully filter through to the services industry.

  • China's July official services PMI dips to 54.2 Saturday, 2 Aug 2014 | 9:16 PM ET

    BEIJING, Aug 3- Growth in China's services sector slowed in July, with the official purchasing managers' index for the industry dipping to 54.2, government data showed on Sunday. That compares with a reading of 55 in June, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

  • The Markit/ CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 55.4 from 57.2 in June- its lowest level since July 2013 and well below the lowest forecast in a Reuters poll. Markit said growth was strong by historical standards and the slowdown was in line with the Bank of England's view that Britain's strong recovery will slow a touch in coming months.

  • Markit's final July manufacturing PMI came in at 51.8, matching June's reading but below an earlier flash estimate of 51.9. While manufacturing growth picked up in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, the French PMI fell to a seven-month low and there was a renewed downturn in Greece alongside slowing growth in Spain and Italy.

  • China Overseas Grand Oceans tumbles on disappointing H1 results. HONG KONG, Aug 1- Hong Kong shares fell on Friday as a month-end swoon on Wall Street hurt sentiment, while China markets eked out slim gains on signs of a pick-up in manufacturing activity on the mainland. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong fell 0.9 percent.

  • A separate PMI published by HSBC/ Markit also rose to 51.7, its best performance in 18 months. Now that looser monetary policy is having its intended effect, some analysts questioned the need for more economic stimulus in China, at least in the near term.

  • The HSBC/ Markit China manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index climbed to 51.7 last month, up from June's 50.7 but slightly below a preliminary reading of 52.. Growth in new export orders accelerated at the second-fastest pace in 44 months, HSBC/ Markit said.

  • China's final HSBC PMI hits 18-month peak in July Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 9:48 PM ET

    BEIJING, Aug 1- China's vast factory sector posted its strongest growth in 18 months in July as new orders surged to multi-month highs, a private survey showed on Friday, adding to signs the economy is regaining momentum after a flurry of government stimulus measures.

  • *July official PMI at 51.7, highest since April 2012. BEIJING, Aug 1- Activity in China's vast factory sector expanded at the fastest pace in 27 months in July on stronger demand, a government survey showed, adding to evidence that the economy is regaining momentum after a burst of government stimulus measures.