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  • Strong new business reinforces Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's view that the economy will grow "much better" in 2015/ 16, while weaker inflation gives the Reserve Bank of India more room to cut interest rates as expected this year. The HSBC Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, compiled by Markit, rose to 54.5 in December from 53.3, its highest since end-2012...

  • SEOUL, Jan 2- South Korea's manufacturing activity shrank for a fourth consecutive month in December but at a slower pace, a private-sector survey showed on Friday, adding to signs that the economy may be slowly regaining its footing heading into 2015.. The HSBC/ Markit purchasing managers' index on South Korea's manufacturing sector rose to a seasonally...

  • China service sector growth picks up in December Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 | 9:12 PM ET

    BEIJING, Jan 1- Growth in China's services sector picked up slightly in December, a government study showed on Thursday, helping to offset further weakness in manufacturing which is weighing on the world's second-largest economy. The official non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to 54.1 in December from November's 53.9, well above the 50-...

  • *Dec official manufacturing PMI slows to 50.1. BEIJING, Jan 1- Growth in China's factory sector slowed as expected in December, a government study showed on Thursday, underlining the challenges facing the country's manufacturers as they fight rising costs and softening demand in a cooling economy. "This indicates that industrial growth is still in a downward...

  • BEIJING, Jan 1- Growth in China's factory sector slowed as expected in December, a government study showed on Thursday, underlining the challenges facing the sector as manufacturers fight rising costs and softening demand in a cooling economy. Economists who advise the government have recommended that China lower its growth target to around 7 percent in...

  • Chicago PMI 58.3   Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 | 9:45 AM ET
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    CNBC contributor Jim Iuorio, reports the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index data for December.

  • *OPEC's Dec oil supply falls to six-month low. SINGAPORE, Dec 31- Brent crude prices dropped towards $57 a barrel on Wednesday as weak Chinese manufacturing data and demand concerns outweighed supply disruptions in Libya. China's factory sector shrank for the first time in seven months in December, with the final HSBC/ Markit Purchasing Managers' Index for this...

  • *OPEC's Dec oil supply falls to six-month low. SINGAPORE, Dec 31- Brent crude prices edged towards $57 a barrel on Wednesday as weak Chinese manufacturing data and demand concerns outweighed supply disruptions in Libya. China's factory sector shrank for the first time in seven months in December, with the final HSBC/ Markit Purchasing Managers' Index for this...

  • China Dec HSBC factory PMI contracts to 7-month low Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 8:45 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Dec 31- Activity in China's factory sector shrank for the first time in seven months in December, a private business survey showed on Wednesday, highlighting the urgency behind a series of surprise easing moves by Beijing in the past two months. The weak performance will add to the debate over whether Beijing needs to engage in more policy easing or...

  • BEIJING, Dec 29- Growth in China's manufacturing sector likely slowed to a 18- month low in December, a Reuters poll showed, adding to signs of a protracted slowdown in the world's second-largest economy that may prompt authorities to roll out more stimulus measures. "We expect the manufacturing sector to remain sluggish in December, in line with a continued...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Euro zone businesses are ending 2014 in slightly better shape than thought but growth remains weak and firms are still cutting prices to encourage trade, surveys showed on Tuesday. Markit's Composite Flash Purchasing Managers' Index, based on surveys of thousands of companies and seen as a good growth indicator, rose to 51.7 from a 16- month low of...

  • BEIJING, Dec 16- Activity in China's factory sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months, the latest in a string of weak economic indicators that will intensify calls for more stimulus measures to head off a hard landing. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to 49.5 in December from November's final reading of...

  • BEIJING, Dec 16- Activity in China's factory sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months, the latest in a string of weak economic indicators that will intensify calls for more stimulus measures to head off a hard landing. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to 49.5 in December from November's final reading of...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 16- China's yuan fell against the dollar on Tuesday as the central bank set a weaker midpoint, and on further indications that China will roll out more stimulus measures to shore up the sluggish economy. The yuan has been under pressure in the past month as demand for dollars from oil and coal companies increases near year-end, while a series of weak...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...