Agence France-PresseJanuary 23, 2014 08:16
Hong Kong and Shanghai shares ended lower on Thursday after figures showed manufacturing activity in China contracted in January for the first time in six months.
The benchmark Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong tumbled 1.51 percent, or 348.35 points, to a one-week low of 22,733.90 on turnover of HK$68.39 billion ($8.82 billion).
British bank HSBC said its preliminary reading of China's purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell to 49.6 in January, the lowest since August.
A reading above 50 indicates growth, while anything below signals contraction.