China services PMI falls to 10-mth low
The China HSBC services purchasing managers index (PMI) stood at 52.3 in June, down from 54.7 in May, indicating a marginal expansion of activity that capped job creation at a three-month low and bolstering expectations that Beijing will deliver further policy measures to boost growth.
Services activities softened in June due to slowing new business flows, which translated into only marginal growth of employment, Qu Hongbin, the Hong Kong-based chief China economist at survey sponsor, HSBC, said in a statement.
This, plus the ongoing slowdown of manufacturing sectors, points to growing pressures on the jobs market - the last thing Beijing policy makers want to see. But with inflation also falling fast, we believe Beijing has sufficient room to step up easing and revive domestic demand, Qu said.
The HSBC index, compiled by UK data provider Markit and tracking smaller firms mainly in the private sector, completes the series of China PMI releases for June that broadly leave investors anticipating more policy easing in the near future.
Two surveys of China's vast manufacturing sector earlier in the month showed factory activity fell to a seven-month low in June, dampened by both external and domestic weakness.
China's official services PMI, released on Tuesday, rose to 56.7 to suggest the sector was expanding at its fastest pace in three
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