BEIJING, March 1 (Xinhua) -- China's purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector dropped to 50.2 percent in February, down from 50.5 percent for January, according to official data released on Saturday.
A reading below 50 indicates contraction, while that above 50 signals expansion.
The monthly indicator is released by the National Bureau of Statistics and the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing.
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The HSBC/Markit China flash manufacturing PMI for February dipped to 48.3 from a final reading of 49.5 in January, showing that manufacturing conditions deteriorated at a moderate pace this month, according to data company Markit. Full story