China's manufacturing activity expanded in December for a third straight month, official data showed, adding to signs the world's number two economy is emerging from a prolonged downtrend.
This file photo shows steam rising from a power station in Beijing, on December 5, 2012. China's manufacturing activity expanded in December at the same pace as November, according to official data, adding to signs the world's number two economy is emerging from a recent slumber.
The official purchasing managers' index (PMI) stood at 50.6 in December, unchanged from the previous month, according to the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing and the National Bureau of Statistics.
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