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China manufacturing growth at eight-month low: govt
China's official Purchasing Managers' Index released by the National Bureau of Statistics came in at 50.3 last month, lower than the 50.8 recorded in October and the weakest since a similar 50.3 reading in March. The index, which tracks activity in factories and workshops, is considered a key indicator of the health of China's economy, a major driver of global growth. British bank HSBC's preliminary PMI for November came in at the 50.0 breakeven point dividing expansion and contraction, the bank said last month. China's central bank last month unexpectedly cut benchmark interest rates for the first time in more than two years, as authorities seek to prop up flagging growth. China's economy expanded 7.3 percent in the July-September quarter, down from 7.5 percent in the previous three months and the slowest since 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis. The People's Bank of China on November 21 lowered its one-year rate for deposits by 25 basis points to 2.75 percent and its one-year lending rate by 40 basis points to 5.6 percent, a statement said. China's housing prices fell on a monthly basis for the seventh straight month in November, a survey showed Sunday, as the country's property market weighs on growth. The average price of a new home in China's 100 major cities was 10,589 yuan per square metre in November, down 0.38 percent from October, the independent China Index Academy said in a statement.

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