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  • BEIJING, Aug 28- Activity in China's vast factory sector likely weakened in August as demand faltered, a Reuters poll showed on Thursday, reinforcing expectations that further policy steps may be needed to keep economic growth on track.

  • Euro zone economic growth ground to a halt in the second quarter, dragged down by a shrinking economy in Germany and a stagnant France, even before any impact from sanctions imposed on and by Russia over Ukraine.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 21- Hong Kong's benchmark share index posted its biggest daily loss in two weeks on Thursday, after a preliminary private survey showed growth in China's vast factory sector slowed to a three-month low in August, triggering broad profit-taking on recent gains.

  • Euro zone economic growth ground to a halt in the second quarter, dragged down by a shrinking economy in Germany and a stagnant France, even before any impact from sanctions imposed on and by Russia over Ukraine.

  • Markit's flash composite Purchasing Managers' Index, which tracks growth in the manufacturing and service sectors that make up more than two-thirds of the economy, fell to 54.9 in August from 55.7.

  • *The HSBC/ Markit flash China PMI hits 3- month low in Aug. BEIJING/ TOKYO, Aug 21- China's manufacturing activity hit a three-month low in August, raising the case for fresh policy steps to keep growth on track, while a Reuters poll showed Japan's economic recovery is likely to be modest despite an small acceleration the factory sector.

  • *China Aug factory activity slowed to 3- month low. The HSBC/ Markit Flash China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 50.3 from July's 18- month high of 51.7, missing a Reuters forecast of 51.5. "Today's data suggest that the economic recovery is still continuing but its momentum has slowed again," said Hongbin Qu, chief economist for China at HSBC.

  • UPDATE 1-China August HSBC flash PMI slips to 3-month low Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 9:53 PM ET

    BEIJING, Aug 21- Growth in China's vast factory sector slowed to a three-month low in August as output and new orders moderated, a preliminary private survey showed on Thursday, reinforcing concerns about increasing softness in the economy.

  • BEIJING, Aug 21- Growth in activity in China's vast factory sector slowed to a three-month low in August as output and new orders lost steam, a preliminary private survey showed on Thursday. The HSBC/ Markit Flash China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 50.3 from July's 18- month high of 51.7, missing a Reuters forecast of 51.5.

  • TOKYO, Aug 21- Japanese manufacturing activity accelerated in August as export and domestic demand increased, a preliminary survey showed on Thursday, offering hope that economic growth is getting back on track after slumping in the wake of a sales tax increase in April.

  • *Asia hit by unexpected weakness in China services PMI. Wall Street was modestly weaker, as investors reacted negatively to earnings from Cablevision and a warning on weak sales from Target Corp..

  • LONDON, Aug 5- Global business activity picked up last month at its fastest pace since early 2011 as sustained strengthening in the service industry offset a mild deceleration in factory output, a survey showed on Tuesday.

  • *Asia hit by unexpected weakness in China services PMI. *Wall Street expected to fall at open. The three main futures indices on Wall Street pointed to a softer open on Wall Street before a survey of the U.S. non-manufacturing sector that could help show how fast the world's biggest economy is expanding.

  • LONDON, Aug 5- Britain's services industry grew last month at the fastest pace since November, raising the chance that the rapid economic recovery will continue for the rest of the year and potentially bringing forward a rise in interest rates.

  • *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.