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China In-Country Analysis

Marco Trends February Economic Data Points to Serious Weakness Data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics indicates the country’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 49.2 percent last month, the lowest level since May 2017. It should be noted that a figure below 50 points to an economy in contraction. With the exception of 2017, February is usually a time of peak spending as it coincides with the Lunar New Year celebrations. On the consumer side, food costs were up just 0.7 percent from February 2018, a time when they were 4 percent higher than the year prior. Underscoring this decline was the average live pig price in China, which ended February at RMB 12.68/kg ($1.89/kg) or RMB 5.66/lb. ($0.84/lb.). That was...

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feed-grains wheat livestock

Feeding the World

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