Manufacturing activity slumped again in China in October although at a less severe pace than the previous month, a closely-watched survey showed Monday.
The preliminary Caixin China manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose to 48.3 in October, above the 47.5 forecast in a Reuters poll.
This compares with a final reading of 47.2 in September, the lowest since March 2009. A print above 50 indicates an expansion in activity while one below points to a contraction.
"The latest PMI readings suggest that momentum in the manufacturing sector continued to improve last month, helped by a pick-up in foreign demand, and that service sector growth is still holding up reasonably well," said Julian Evans-Pritchard, China economist at Capital Economics.