China Caixin PMI Manufacturing fell from 49.4 to 49.0 in December, below expectation of 49.3. Caixin added that production declined further albeit at a slower rate. Steeper fall was seen in new orders. But business confidence improved to 10-month high.
Wang Zhe, Senior Economist at Caixin Insight Group said: “Covid outbreaks rapidly spread across China in November, causing a number of macroeconomic indicators to fall sharply and adding to pressure on the economy. On Dec. 7, China announced 10 new measures to further optimize Covid containment. In the short term, infections are expected to explode, which will severely interfere with production and everyday life. How to effectively coordinate Covid controls with economic and social development has once again become a crucial question.”