The Caixin/Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index came in at 50.8 for last month - the lowest level in five months, Caixin and IHS Markit said in a.
A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction.
Demand from North American customers was particularly strong during December, the report found.
Among components, output, new orders and employment all recorded historically marked growth in December.
"The outlook is also reasonably bright, with over 50 percent of companies expecting production to be higher one year from now". The modest increase in output in December followed broadly unchanged production volumes in November.
Ireland's economy is nearly certain to have been the strongest performer in Europe for the fourth straight year, while unemployment has been on a steady downtrend since 2011.
New Year's Supermoon is a Wolf Moon
As the New Year kicks in, sky-watchers have started gearing up for two supermoons that will offer some exquisite night sky views. The second supermoon in a single month, nicknamed "blue supermoon", occurs every two and a half year on average.
It's Now Official: George Weah Is Liberia's President-Elect
Liberia's president-elect and ex-soccer star George Weah says he is "honored to join a new generation of heads of state". Expected to officially take office next month, he received messages of congratulations from worldwide leaders on Friday.
Gunmen kill 12 in Cairo church
At least nine people are dead after two gunmen attacked the Mari Mina Church in Egypt's capital on Friday, authorities said. Police inspect the site of an attack on a church in the Helwan district south of Cairo , Egypt December 29, 2017.
Boosted by hefty government infrastructure spending, a resilient property market and unexpected strength in exports, China's manufacturing and industrial firms have been a major driver behind solid economic growth this year, with their strong appetite for raw materials boosting global commodity prices.
December's business optimism improved to a nine-month high.
The figures showed that China's full-year 2017 economic growth would be at about 6.9 percent and around 6.5 percent for 2018, according to the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, which compiles the data.
"For the most part, the manufacturing sector remained stable in November, although some signs of weakness emerged", said Zhengsheng Zhong, director of macroeconomic analysis at CEBM Group, a subsidiary of Caixin. The manufacturing PMI is seen rising to 56.5 in December from 56.1 in November.
The official nonmanufacturing PMI, which covers the nation's services and construction sectors, rose to 55 in December from 54.8 in the previous month.
"Overall, 2017's economic performance continues to be steady and good, establishing a generally good foundation for 2018", the federation said.
French President Emmanuel Macron has called Liberia's president-elect George Weah to congratulate him and invite him to visit. In his first public comments after his rival conceded, Weah said he was "honored to join a new generation of heads of state".
The Eagles could opt to trade Foles if there's a market in the offseason, and install Sudfeld as the No. 2 behind Carson Wentz . That said, they will need Foles to get as comfortable as possible with the offense if Philadelphia is to stand a chance.
The Trump administration still hasn't appointed a director to the Office of National AIDS Policy. 'Dangerous that #Trump and Co. Cecilia Chung, an Obama-era appointee who left voluntarily after her term expired earlier this year, echoed these concerns.
The court decided that the brothers could use the "bite" mark on the "J" was not a bite because letters are not edible. Both Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato meanwhile have said they look forward to expanding their business beyond just jeans.
Guys want to bounce ideas off me. "Im here to help people". "The owner", one source said about Davis, "has an affinity for him ". Though he doesn't have coaching experience, it's hard to overlook the personal connection he has with Gruden.
Trump's tweets have caused an online backlash, with many Twitter users pointing out the difference between weather and climate. Therefore it is possible, if not likely that this weeks record cold is related to Global Warming", a follow-up tweet noted".
Samsung used to be a contender in this arena, as well, but the South Korean giant has since shifted its focus on QLED display. Besides, it's also the TV with the largest count of pixels, as LG's upcoming beast will be packing an 8K resolution.
Veteran Joe Berger will move from right guard to take Elflein's place, making his first start of the season at center. The Vikings will be without two starting offensive lineman on Sunday: center Pat Elflein and left guard Nick Easton .
Georgia Bulldogs advance to National Championship
That game was at the Rose Bowl, although it wasn't the official Rose Bowl game, which was between Ohio State and OR that season. Georgia will advance to the national championship game with a 54-48 double overtime victory over Oklahoma in Rose Bowl .
Pulwama Encounter: Four CRPF men, two militants killed
Trali was arrested in Delhi in 2003 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) had sentenced her to life imprisonment in 2011. The terrorists first lobbed grenades and then began indiscriminate firing and entered the training centre in Awantipora.
Sister of Eric Garner, Erika, dies after heart attack
Family members were being called to Woodhull Hospital early Thursday morning to say their final goodbyes to the young activist. She had been hospitalized in Brooklyn, New York, after she reportedly went into cardiac arrest nearly a week ago.
Markle Bond girl role?
The actress, 36, caught the eye of 007 producers in her role as Rachel Zane in United States legal drama Suits past year .
Watch JAY-Z and Beyoncé's Star-Studded 'Family Feud' Video
Parts of the video also takes place in a church, featuring a shot of Jay walking down an aisle with a Blue Ivy at his side. The thirty-second clip ends with his bars from the first verse stating the obvious " Nobody wins when the family feuds ".
U.S. states reporting widespread flu: CDC
In addition, a total of 12 influenza-associated pediatric deaths for the 2017-2018 season have been reported. Health officials say despite the rise in cases, there have been no deaths from the flu this year.