UPDATE 1-Weak demand weighs on China factory, services firms in March, more easing seen

April 1, 2015 2:15 AM

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BEIJING, April 1 (Reuters) - Surveys of China's manufacturing and services sectors showed persistent weakness in the world's second-biggest economy in March, adding to bets that Beijing will have to roll out more policy support to avert a sharper slowdown.

The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, edged up to 50.1 in March from February's 49.9.

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