Activity in Chinas services sector expanded at the fastest pace in 13 months in October,offering further indications that the economy has stabilised,though activity in some important areas including new orders slowed.
The official purchasing managers index (PMI) for the non-manufacturing sector rose to 56.3 in October from Septembers 55.4,Chinas National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Sunday.
The non-manufacturing sector should continue to develop at a stable rate over the next few months,though there still needs to be more market training and promotion to further release the service sectors potential, said Cai Jin,vice-president of the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing,which helped compile the data.
The services industry is an increasingly important pillar in Chinas economy as the government tries to move away from investment and exports as the main drivers of expansion.
The sector contributed to 45 per cent of Chinas gross domestic output in 2012,and it overtook manufacturing as the biggest employer in 2011. It has weathered the global slowdown much better than the factory sector.
However,the PMI showed some areas of slowing activity,pointing to unevenness in the recovery. The sub-index measuring new orders fell to 51.6 from a high of 53.4 the previous month,while the commercial services,the food and drinks industry and real estate sub-indices were below the 50 point line separating expansion from contraction.