China's official purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the non-manufacturing sector rose to a four-month high of 56.1 in December from 55.6 in November, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Thursday, adding to signs of a revival in the world's second-largest economy.
A reading above 50 indicates growth is accelerating, while one below 50 indicates it is slowing.
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The services sector index follows the bureau's manufacturing PMI, which indicated China's growth was reviving in December, although signs persist that such growth still depends primarily on state-led investment. The official PMI survey matched November's seven-month high of 50.6, the NBS said on Tuesday.
China's fast-growing services industry has so far weathered the global slowdown much better than the factory sector, with the PMI consistently signaling healthy expansion and hitting a 10-month high of 58.0 in March.
(Reporting By Lucy Hornby; Editing by Neil Fullick)