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Analysts at Standard Chartered points out that China’s official manufacturing PMI fell 0.5ppt to 50.8 in September, the lowest reading since February.

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“Production activity slowed on deteriorating export performance. New export orders PMI fell to a 31-month low of 48.0, suggesting worsening sentiment on escalating trade tensions. On the other hand, non-manufacturing PMI picked up to a three-month high of 54.9 in September, thanks to a recovery in construction activity.”

“Trade data likely worsened in September. We expect export and import growth to have eased further.”

“We expect retail sales to have improved further on solid demand and higher CPI inflation, which probably jumped in September on a temporary surge in food inflation. We expect Q3 GDP growth to have moderated to 6.5% y/y from 6.7% in Q2.”

“FX reserves may have declined by c.USD 10bn in September on a stronger USD and rising treasury yields. We expect M2 growth to have edged up to a year-to-date high of 9.2% y/y in September on liquidity injection and fiscal deposit. Total social financing (TSF) growth likely stabilised, keeping pace with nominal GDP growth.”