The Federation of Hong Kong Industries has said that it expected factory orders in the second half of 2011 and first half of 2012 to fall between 5% – 30%, Reuters reported.
Over 16,000 Hong Kong factories in China could downsize or shut by the end of the year if exporters are hit with rising costs and a slowdown in global demand for Chinese goods.
Chinese PMI hit a 32-month low in October dropping to 50.4% and hovering just above contractionary levels.
Wage inflation has been impacting businesses in China. And key factory sites in southern China could see an 18% – 20% hike in minimum wages on January 1.
This comes amid the European debt crisis and sluggish U.S. economic recovery which have lowered this year’s Christmas orders.