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China’s Growth Looks Like It Has Already Peaked for 2017

  • Smaller-company confidence wobbled as manufacturing weakened
  • Sales manager survey showed sentiment climbed to 20-month high
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Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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The earliest indicators for China’s economy in June signal that the manufacturing sector may be poised to decelerate, while other challenges loom in the second half of this year.

Small- and medium-sized enterprises showed the lowest level of confidence in 16 months, a gauge of manufacturing drawn from satellite imagery slumped, and conditions in the steel business remained lackluster. There’s some good news though: sales-manager sentiment stayed positive, and outlook of financial experts recovered.