China's manufacturing Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) rose to 51.1 in July from 50.9 in June, hitting a new high in four months, data showed from the National Bureau of Statistics on July 31.
The figure, above the 50-point mark that separates growth from contraction, indicated China's economy continued to recover from the COVID-19 aftermath.
Sub-index of production was 54, up 0.1 percentage point from June, above the 50-mark for five consecutive months, indicating production continued to increase in the manufacturing sector.
New orders were also on the rise, with the sub-index up for three months running to 51.7, standing above 50 since March.
The non-manufacturing PMI slid to 54.2 from 54.4 in June. The services sector expanded for the fifth month in a row despite at a slower pace, suggesting consumer confidence is recovering.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Jessie Jia)
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