A worker on an assembly line at a factory in Fuyang, Anhui province. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

For the 13th straight month, China’s purchasing managers’ index showed expansion, rising to 51.7 in August, up from 51.4 in July, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics.

Non-manufacturing activity growth, reflecting the service sector, slowed to 53.4 for the month, from 54.5 in July.

A more comprehensive picture will come on Friday when the private Caixin/Markit PMI results are released.

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