Economy China September factory activity shrinks for fifth month, says PMI survey Updated : September 30, 2019 08:19 AM IST Analysts polled by Reuters had expected the September PMI to stay unchanged from August's reading. Persistent weakness in the manufacturing sector backs market expectations that more policy support measures may be needed to stave off China's worst slowdown in decades. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.