BEIJING (AP) - An official survey says China's manufacturing strengthened in August, offering hope that the country's slowdown is stabilizing.

BEIJING (AP) An official survey says China's manufacturing strengthened in August, offering hope that the country's slowdown is stabilizing.

The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing's manufacturing index rose to 51.0 percent from July's 50.3 percent, the second monthly expansion in a row. The federation said Sunday it was the highest reading and the biggest increase this year.

The index uses a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 indicate contraction.