(Yicai Global) March 31 -- China's purchasing managers' indexes surged out of all-time lows in February this month as many companies got back to work following closures due to Covid-19.
The manufacturing PMI was 52, up 16.3 points, and the non-manufacturing PMI was up 22.7 points at 52.3, the National Bureau of Statistics said today. A reading above 50 signals expansion, below indicates contraction.
The rising PMI shows companies are returning to work but does not suggest production has returned to pre-epidemic levels, an official at the bureau said, adding that movements in a constant direction for three straight months are what defines a trend.
The NBS runs one of China's two PMIs, which tracks 3,000 companies that are mostly large and state backed. The second is the Caixin PMI, also known as the Caixin-Markit PMI, which surveys 500 businesses that are typically smaller and privately owned.
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