China's manufacturing sector slows as export demand weakens

FILE - In this  July 15, 2021, file photo, workers wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus assembly ice-skating shoes at a manufacturing factory in the ice and snow sports equipment industry park in Zhangjiakou in northwestern China's Hebei province. Chinas factory activity decelerated in August as export demand weakened, a survey showed Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. The monthly purchasing managers index of the Chinese statistics bureau and an official industry group declined to 50.1 from Julys 50.4 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity increasing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
FILE - In this July 15, 2021, file photo, workers wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus assembly ice-skating shoes at a manufacturing factory in the ice and snow sports equipment industry park in Zhangjiakou in northwestern China's Hebei province. Chinas factory activity decelerated in August as export demand weakened, a survey showed Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. The monthly purchasing managers index of the Chinese statistics bureau and an official industry group declined to 50.1 from Julys 50.4 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity increasing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

BEIJING – China’s factory activity decelerated in August as export demand weakened, a survey showed Tuesday.

The monthly purchasing managers’ index of the Chinese statistics bureau and an official industry group declined to 50.1 from July’s 50.4 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity increasing.

A sub-measure of new exports fell by a full point from the previous month to 46.7, according to the National Bureau of Statistics and the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing.

Officials have warned demand for Chinese exports was likely to weaken in the second half of the year. Factory and consumer activity have been dampened by flooding in July and tighter anti-coronavirus controls.

In a report on the latest manufacturing figures, researchers at the Chinese investment bank CICC said they expected “the slowdown in demand will continue."

“Overall the manufacturing industry will show a steady slowdown," it added.