Manufacturing activity across Asia expanded in April, widely watched barometers showed Monday, suggesting that the region's export-dependent economies were continuing to recover.
A woman works in a textile factory in Jiujiang, east China's Jiangxi province, January 16, 2013. Manufacturing activity in China expanded at its fastest pace in almost a year last month, official data showed Monday, indicating conditions in the world's number two economy continued to improve.
China's official purchasing managers' index (PMI) hit 50.9 in March, its highest since April 2012 when the figure stood at 53.3, according to the National Bureau of Statistics and the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing.
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