The mood among China’s economic leaders is deteriorating. After an initial strong recovery from the Covid crisis, the direction of economic trends among small and medium-sized manufacturing companies has deteriorated significantly again in July. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (EMI), compiled by the respected business magazine Caixin, dropped unexpectedly in July and is now at its lowest level since May 2020, slipping one point from the previous month to 50.3, the magazine said on Monday.
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