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Factories in Asia step up activity last month ahead of shopping season

Asia’s producers boosted up output last month after a general global hike in growth signaled of a strong consumption moving to the end-of-year’s shopping time.

At the same time weak points of certain economies in the region may force central banks in Asia stay inclined to retain accommodative monetary policy, despite Western stimulus scaling back.

Last week central bank of China lowered the required reserves of cash that certain banks need to keep, it’s the first such instance since February 2016, and it’s aimed at bolstering more lending to small businesses that face big difficulties, as well as propel its private sector.

China has been moving against expectations, which predicted a slowdown in 2017, and has been expanding at a strong pace in January-June due to a huge animation in building sector. Latest easing happens just ahead of a major party meeting.

ING’s Rob Carnell said that locally it was a solid background while the big shopping season is nearing. Purchasing Managers’ Index from China’s great production sector supported this point of view, which demonstrated last month moved up at the highest rate since 2012 thanks to steady demand.

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