BEIJING Oct 1 Activity in China's services
industry expanded in September at a slightly faster pace than
the previous month, an official survey showed on Saturday.
The official non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index
(PMI) stood at 53.7 in September, compared to the
previous month's reading of 53.5. The 50-point mark that
separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis.
China is counting on growth in services to offset persistent
weakness in manufacturing and exports that is dragging on the
world's second-largest economy.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Richard Borsuk)