China manufacturing growth eases in October but remains strong
Factory activity in China dipped slightly in October, according to official data published Saturday, but remained in growth territory as the world's second-largest economy continued its recovery after being hammered by the coronavirus.
The closely watched Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) is a key gauge of manufacturing activity in China, which has largely bounced back after plunging in February because of tough pandemic-control measures.
Zhao Qinghe, a senior statistician at the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), said that this month's figures, with increases in several key indices including exports, imports and new orders, demonstrated a "quick recovery".
"Manufacturing in major economies is bouncing back... and a recovery in demand has driven up prices," Zhao said.
Textiles, chemical raw materials, chemical products, rubber and plastic products used in the fight against the pandemic saw the biggest increase in demand, he added.
Non-manufacturing PMI came in at 55.2 points -- an increase of 0.3 percentage points from September, showing further signs of an economic rebound.
The International Monetary Fund has nearly doubled the country's growth forecast in 2020 to 1.9 percent amid a strong recovery fuelled by its ability to curb its coronavirus outbreak and strong global demand for medical equipment.
The world's second-largest economy grew 4.9 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, according to official data.
That represented a recovery from a record contraction in the first three months as strict lockdown measures ended and the government unveiled a stimulus plan to cushion the economy from the pandemic.