BEIJING (AP) – Two surveys of Chinese industry show that demand is weak amid a growing customs war with Washington over trade and technology.
A monthly purchasing manager's index published by a business magazine, Caixin, rose to 50.4 from July 49.9 on a 100-point scale where numbers over 50 show activity increasing.
It indicates "renewed improvement," but said that a number of new orders fell to the lowest level this year, the magazine said.
A separate study published by an industry group, the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing, showed activity that fell to 49.5 from July 49.7. It said market demand was "relatively weak."
Chinese exporters are struggling in the face of US toll rises. Exports to the United States, their largest market, fell 6.5% in July.
Washington and Beijing stepped up the fight on Sunday by introducing several billions of dollars in billions of dollars of each other's goods.
Beijing has boosted economic growth by increasing government spending on construction.
Economic growth fell to 6.2% over a year earlier in the quarter ending in June, the lowest level of at least 26 years.