China Reports Four Consecutive Contractions in Factory Activity as Global Demand Wane

Factory activity in China continued to contract for the fourth straight month in July as the country is struggling to boost its sales amid weak global demand.

The manufacturing purchasing managers’ index for July came in at 49.3, slightly better than 49.0 in June, 48.8 in May and 49.2 in April but still in negative territory, according to the official release by the National Bureau of Statistics on Monday. The reading in July was slightly better than the 49.2 median polled by Reuters.

Meanwhile, non-manufacturing PMI for July was at 51.5, the weakest reading this year compared to 53.2 in June, 54.5 in May and 56.4 in April.