China’s corona strategy is slowing down industry

Strict Measures

China’s zero-Covid strategy is an unexpectedly heavy burden on the industry

Sentiment in Chinese industry unexpectedly deteriorated in July under the pressure of strict zero-Covid measures in China. The economic recovery is suffering from the strict measures.

The official Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell from 50.2 in the previous month to just 49 points, as the statistics office in Beijing announced on Sunday. Such a value below the 50 mark on the important economic barometer indicates a decline in industrial activity in China. Experts had actually expected a value of just over 50 points, similar to the previous month.

In the second quarter, the world’s second largest economy grew by just 0.4 percent compared to the same period last year. That was the weakest reading since the pandemic began.

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