The figure was 0.3 percentage points higher than September, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), media reported.

China's manufacturing PMI increased for four consecutive months, showing a steady upward trend in manufacturing. A figure above 50 percent signals expansion.

Zhao Qinghe, a senior statistician, attributed the strong PMI to expanding production, and confidence boosted by government measures this year to stabilize growth and restructure the economy.

The sub-index for production rose for the fourth month to 54.4 percent, up 1.5 percentage points from September.

As production picked up, companies bought more raw materials, driving the sub-index for materials buying up 0.2 percentage points to 52.7.

"Although the manufacturing PMI rose for the fourth month, forces that drove up the index were not balanced, as sub-indices other than production were relatively weak," Zhao said.

The NBS sub-index for employment and raw material inventories both rose slightly by 0.1 percentage points, but still under 50 percent.

(Agencies)

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