China’s services sector grows at fastest pace in over a decade

Daniel Fowler
July 4, 2020

A closely watched survey by IHS Markit found that the sector's purchasing managers' index (PMI) reading came in at 47.1 in June, up from 29.0 in May and sharply higher than the all-time record low of 13.4 in April.

"The June reading for Ireland is below the flash Services PMIs for the same month in the euro zone, United Kingdom and USA of circa 47".

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Wang said that "addressing the employment problem requires not only macro policies to further promote work resumption, but also more targeted relief measures introduced by governments to tide companies over".

"A large fraction of the survey panel are still reporting falling activity and order book volumes, reflecting an intensely challenging picture", Mr. Hayes noted.

Although the deterioration was weaker than in both April and May, owing to a stabilisation in output levels at some firms, the latest reduction was still stronger than any seen prior to the virus outbreak by a wide margin.

"This [latest survey] suggests the services sector's recovery is gaining traction", said analysts at Nomura, which recently raised its forecast for China's second-quarter GDP growth to 2.6% year-on-year from 1.2%.

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New export company also expanded for the 1st time given that January on firmer global need, in distinction to overseas orders for made merchandise, which ongoing to agreement as numerous of China's buying and selling associates remained in lockdowns.

In some instances, customers had closed their businesses due to the unfavourable environment.

Lastly, prices data showed deflationary trends across both input costs and output charges midway through the June quarter.

The Caixin survey showed a sub-index for new business received by Chinese services firms rose to 57.3 from 55.8 in May, with the rate of growth accelerating to the fastest since August 2010. Job losses were attributed to lower business requirements although some companies reported poor staff availability.

The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit Composite PMI Output Index, which calculates growth after considering manufacturing and services indices relative to the size of the country's gross domestic product, rose to 37.8 in June, up from 14.8 the previous month.

"While manufacturing production fell moderately, edging closer to stabilisation, services activity continued to decrease substantially".

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