BEIJING Oct 1 China's manufacturing growth
edged up only slightly in September with the official Purchasing
Managers' Index (PMI) at 51.1 from from August's 51.0, below
expectations and adding to worries that its economic recovery
The PMI showed a split between bigger manufacturers and
small firms, with the sub-index for the latter below the 50 mark
that separates contraction from expansion, according to a
breakdown of the data from the National Bureau of Statistics on
Economists polled by Reuters had expected the official PMI
to rise to a 17-month peak of 51.5.
Chinese factories have sent mixed signals on the extent of
their latest rebound. A separate manufacturing PMI issued by
HSBC on Monday showed manufacturing grew less than expected last
month on soft domestic demand.