LONDON, July 3- The global economy ended the first half on a high as business activity picked up in June, with new orders pouring in at their fastest rate in over three years, a survey showed on Thursday.» Read More
The final reading of the HSBC/ Markit purchasing managers' index for April came in at 48.1, lower than a preliminary reading of 48.3 but up slightly from an eight-month low of 48.0 in March. The HSBC/ Markit PMI has been below the 50 level that separates growth from contraction since the start of 2014..
*Recovery appears broad-based but France weak. LONDON, May 2- The recovery in euro zone manufacturing accelerated at the start of the second quarter but factories cut goods prices for a second straight month, a business survey showed on Friday.
*U.S., UK factory data beat forecasts; China PMI misses. *May Day holiday mutes trading volume in Europe, Asia. Equities markets overcame a brief hiccup after data on China's vast manufacturing sector missed forecasts.
LONDON, May 1- Surging output and an influx of orders helped British manufacturing activity grow last month at a much faster rate than expected, a survey showed on Thursday, boding well for Britain's swift economic recovery.
BEIJING, May 1- Activity in China's factories increased marginally in April but export orders fell sharply, a government survey showed on Thursday, adding to questions about whether the world's second-largest economy is stabilising after its first-quarter slowdown.
SYDNEY, May 1- London copper slipped to a six-session low on Thursday after China's manufacturing sector showed a slight improvement in April but missed forecasts, while prices were set to drift with top consumer China off on a two-day break. *In China, markets are closed on Thursday and Friday for Labour Day Holidays.
BEIJING, May 1- China's official Purchasing Managers' Index edged up to 50.4 in April from March's 50.3, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday, as the government uses targeted measures to support the slowing economy.
It's a solid number, says CNBC's Rick Santelli reporting the latest numbers on manufacturing. Expectations were for 57.
TOKYO, April 30- Japan's manufacturing activity contracted in April for the first time in more than a year, a survey showed on Wednesday, as companies cut production immediately following an increase in the national sales tax. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government raised the national sales tax to 8 percent from 5 percent on April 1 to meet rising welfare costs.
BEIJING, April 29- China's factory activity may have picked up slightly in April as the government uses targeted measures to support the economy, a Reuters poll found, but the slowdown could continue due to a cooling property sector and the impact of structural reforms.
LONDON, April 23- European shares edged down on Wednesday after three days of gains as signs of a still stuttering Chinese economy and rising worries about Ukraine offset a reassuring set of European economic numbers.
LONDON, April 23- European shares edged down on Wednesday after three days of gains as data showing China's economy was still stuttering offset some broadly reassuring European purchasing manager index numbers.
LONDON, April 23- The Australian dollar sank almost one percent in value on Wednesday after a lower than expected rise in consumer prices appeared to reduce the chances of higher official interest rates this year.
*China factory activity shrinks for 4th month- HSBC. SINGAPORE, April 23- Nickel raced to its highest level in more than 14 months on Wednesday as tighter supplies kept the rally going in the metal that has gained a third this year, while a sustained contraction in China's factory activity weighed on copper.
BEIJING, April 23- China's manufacturing downturn eased slightly in April as declines in new orders and output slowed, a preliminary survey showed on Wednesday, though factory activity showed an overall contraction for the fourth straight month.
SINGAPORE, April 23- London copper futures edged lower on Wednesday ahead of reading on China's manufacturing activity, with a further contraction likely to cut the appetite for risky assets, although nickel hit the highest in more than 14 months on tighter supply.
SINGAPORE, April 21- Shanghai copper futures were little changed on Monday amid lean volumes with trading interest thin ahead of the next reading on top copper user China's factory activity due later in the week. The most-traded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was up half a percent at 46,660 yuan a tonne by 0313 GMT.
LONDON, April 3- Global business activity accelerated last month, with solid performances in services and manufacturing suggesting the economy grew about 3 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, a survey showed on Thursday.
ISM services index rises in March, but falls short of estimates, reports CNBC's Rick Santelli. And CNBC's Steve Liesman breaks down the latest number.
LONDON, April 3- Euro zone businesses logged their busiest quarter in three years at the start of 2014 but did so by slashing prices, surveys showed on Thursday, underscoring fears that deflation may soon afflict the region. The European Central Bank is not expected to ease policy any further when it meets later on Thursday.