In a possible further sign that Chinese economic growth is faltering, the country’s service sector in November showed the least growth in three months. The HSBC purchasing managers’ index indicated that although it is still on the other side of the line from contraction, the services sector fell to 52.5. In October it was 54.1, its highest level in four months.
PMI data showed, according to a Monday Bloomberg report, that both domestic and import orders are falling. According to figures released Saturday by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, the official PMI for the nonmanufacturing sector was down to 49.7 in November from an October level of 57.7.
Qu Hongbin, HSBC’s chief China economist, said in a statement, “With price pressures easing further, Beijing can and should use policies that are targeted on small businesses and service sectors to keep GDP growth at above 8% for the coming year.” Manufacturing accounted for approximately 58% of the Chinese economy in 2010, while services made up about 38% during the same period.