China’s manufacturing activity expanded in December, as indicated by the nation’s official Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) whose reading came in slightly higher than expected.
China PMI for December was 50.2. Any reading above 50 suggests an expansion in activity. Economists polled by Reuters expected the official December manufacturing PMI to come in at 50.1.
Production accelerated and demand increased in December, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
December was the second straight month of expansion for the index.
On December 13, the U.S. and China announced that they had reached a phase one trade deal, that includes (among several aspects) holding off and reduction of some U.S.tariffs, increased purchases by China of U.S. agricultural goods, and policies related to intellectual property and technology.