Factory activity in China shrank in August for the fourth month in a row, official data showed on Saturday, as the United States ramped up tariff pressure and domestic demand remained sluggish.
Brazil's manufacturing sector ended the second quarter on a stronger footing, avoiding slipping into contraction territory in June and breaking a three-month run of slowing growth, a survey of purchasing managers' activity on Monday showed.
Brazil's economy got off to an extremely slow start in the second quarter, figures released showed, with activity in the all-important services sector contracting in April for the first time since September last year.
The UK's service sector stagnated last month, with new orders falling for the first time in two-and-a-half years, according to the IHS Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI). The figures showed a reading of 50.1 in January lower than December's 51.2.