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China manufacturing accelerates at fastest for 4 years

China manufacturing accelerates at fastest for 4 years

China's manufacturing activity expanded at its quickest pace in nearly four years in December, an independent research firm said today, in a sign of improving health for the world's second-largest economy.

Falling prices, not markets, the real headache for Chinese firms

The dramatic collapse of China`s stock markets has shaken global investors, but for Chinese factory executives the real problem is a decline of another kind - the remorseless erosion of profits thanks to nearly four years of price deflation.

Slow start to 2014 for world shares as China disappoints

European stocks had started the year at a 5-1/2 year high, but an initial push higher proved short-lived despite the upbeat data as London's FTSE, Paris's CAC 40 and Frankfurt's Dax dropped 0.5, 0.6 and 0.5 percent respectively.