The reading of 48.6 for June is the lowest since January, and marks the 16th consecutive month of contraction due to sluggish demand at home and abroad

By staff reporter Wang Yuqian

Chinese manufacturers reported the sharpest deterioration in operating conditions in four months in June amid economic weakness at home and abroad, with the Caixin China Purchasing Managers’ Index coming in at 48.6.

Chinese factory robots

The reading is lower than May’s 49.2, partly because output fell at the quickest pace since February. Figures above 50 indicate expansion, while those below signify economic contraction. The June figure was the lowest since January, when the PMI dipped to 48.4, and marks the 16th consecutive month of contraction.

Total new orders decreased in June for the second month in a row for manufacturers, driven by the seventh straight monthly decline in new export sales.

Companies also continued to pare back staffing for the 32nd successive month at a rate similar to that in the previous four month.

Fewer new orders contributed to a reduced amount of purchasing activity across the manufacturing sector. Meanwhile, companies maintained tighter inventories, with stocks of both pre-production and finished goods falling, albeit at slower rates than in the previous month. Read more

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