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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Chinese Manufacturing Continues To Accelerate

China's manufacturing activity expanded at a faster pace in September, according to a survey by CLSA Asia Pacific Markets.The Purchasing Managers' Index rose to a three-month high of 55 from 53.4 in August, CLSA said today in an e-mailed statement. A reading above 50 indicates an expansion.

Rapid manufacturing growth is becoming even more rapid it seems. Monetary policy is still extremely loose and China's economy is still accelerating.

The CLSA index is based on replies to questionnaires sent to purchasing executives at more than 400 industrial companies. The survey tracks changes in output, new orders, employment, prices, inventories and delivery times. The data is seasonally adjusted.

The output index rose to 58.3 in September from 54.6 in August, while the index of new orders climbed to 59.3 from 54.6. The index of export orders increased to 52.9 from 52.3.

A government PMI survey, released by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing and the National Bureau of Statistics yesterday, also showed a higher reading. The index climbed to 56.1 in September from 54 in August.

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