China July official PMI rises to 51.7 from 51 in June

BEIJING Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:06pm EDT

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BEIJING Aug 1 (Reuters) - Activity in China's factory sector quickened to a 27-month high in July, a government survey showed on Friday, adding to signs that the economy is regaining momentum after a bust of government stimulus measures.

China's official Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 51.7 in July from 51 in June, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

Economists had expected the reading to rise to 51.4 in July. (Reporting by Kevin Yao; Editing by Kim Coghill)