By  on September 2, 2013

BEIJING — China's manufacturing output appears to be on the upswing, according to data released by HSBC and the Chinese government.

On Monday, the bank said China's purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose to 50.1 in August, a strong rebound from the 11-month low number of 47.7 in July. The government's official number, made public a day earlier, said China's manufacturing output expanded last month by at the quickest pace in 16 months.

The China National Bureau of Statistics official PMI increased from 50.3 in July to 52 in August. Experts had predicted a lower PMI figure for the month, continuing a trend of better-than-expected production figures coming out of China in recent months. The statistics bureau said the expansion was driven by a substantial increase in new factory orders.

The official numbers often differ from those tallied by analysts, and China's own numbers are typically more optimistic.

The PMI figure is considered a gauge of whether manufacturing is growing or shrinking, with a figure above 50 indicating expansion in the industry. Hence, both HSBC and the government statistics bureau show forward momentum in manufacturing.

China's new leadership is in talks over a series of economic reforms expected to be unveiled later this year. For the moment, the government is focused on stabilizing the economy with a series of new investments in infrastructure and other measures. Still, there is concern over the health of the manufacturing industry as a whole.

Still, there are deep concerns about an over-extension of credit in China and potential related looming problems in the manufacturing industry.

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