"A reading below 50 indicates contraction, while above 50 signals expansion."
Beijing, May 1 - China's manufacturing growth continued to rise in April with fresh evidence of better performance in the manufacturing sector, authorities said Thursday.

The purchasing managers' index - for the country's manufacturing sector rose to 50.4 percent last month, up from 50.3 percent in March, Xinhua cited from a statement jointly released by the National Bureau of Statistics - and the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing.

This is the second consecutive monthly uptick of the widely-watched data. The index began to climb in March after posting three months of declines.

A reading below 50 indicates contraction, while above 50 signals expansion.

The sub-index for new orders gained 0.6 percentage point in April from the previous month to 51.2 percent, the statement said.


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