China services sector growth accelerates in November


BEIJING (Reuters) - Growth in China's services sector accelerated in November at a faster pace than in the previous month, an official survey showed on Thursday.


The official non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) stood at 54.7 in November, compared with the previous month's reading of 54.0 and well above 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 exports that is dragging on the world's second-largest economy.


The economy expanded at a steady 6.7 percent in the third quarter and looks set to hit Beijing's full-year target, fueled by stronger government spending, record bank lending and a red-hot property market that are adding to its growing pile of debt.


(Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Kim Coghill)