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Chinese Nov manufacturing expands at faster-than-forecast pace…

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China’s manufacturing grew at a faster pace for a fourth straight month in November, indicating the economy can withstand higher interest rates as price pressures escalate.

The Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to 55.2 from 54.7 in October, China’s logistics federation said on its website today. That was more than the 54.8 median estimate of 14 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. A PMI released by HSBC Holdings Plc also jumped.

Today’s reports showed input prices surging, reinforcing the case for the central bank to boost borrowing costs again after it lagged behind counterparts from Malaysia to South Korea. Concern that monetary tightening will hamper corporate profit growth spurred an 8 percent sell-off in China’s benchmark stock index in the past month.

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