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Survey: Chinese factories eke out expansion in September

  • In this Sept. 5, 2016 photo, people walk by a giant handbag showcasing its different design on display at a up-scale shopping mall in Beijing. Chinese factories eked out a tiny expansion in activity for September as new orders picked up marginally, offering a glimmer of hope for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    In this Sept. 5, 2016 photo, people walk by a giant handbag showcasing its different design on display at a up-scale shopping mall in Beijing. Chinese factories eked out a tiny expansion in activity for September as new orders picked up marginally, offering a glimmer of hope for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sept. 9, 2016 photo, people walk by a worker counting Chinese currency 100 yuan note at a cash counter at a shop selling decorative souvenirs near Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Chinese factories eked out a tiny expansion in activity for September as new orders picked up marginally, offering a glimmer of hope for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    In this Sept. 9, 2016 photo, people walk by a worker counting Chinese currency 100 yuan note at a cash counter at a shop selling decorative souvenirs near Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Chinese factories eked out a tiny expansion in activity for September as new orders picked up marginally, offering a glimmer of hope for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

Chinese factories have reported a slight expansion in activity for September as new orders picked up marginally, according to a private survey.

The Caixin monthly purchasing managers' index released Friday ticked up to 50.1 for September from the previous month's 50.0 reading.

The index is based on a 100-point scale with numbers below 50 indicating contraction.

Chinese manufacturers reported a rise in new domestic and export work last month. However, they continued to shed jobs, which pressured their operating capacity.

Data on China's outsize factory sector is widely watched for insights into the broader economy, where growth has slowed to its lowest annual rate in a quarter century.

Caixin's survey mostly covers small and mid-sized private businesses. An official factory index, which covers larger state-owned companies, is due tomorrow.