A leading private sector measure of Chinese manufacturing has reached a two-year high, in a sign the nation's recovery is continuing.
The HSBC Flash China PMI rose from 51.5 in December to 51.9 in January, with production, exports and employment all edging higher.
The bank's flash index of Chinese manufacturing output also rose, and its level of 52.2 was the highest in 22 months.
In both indices, a level above 50 generally indicates an expansion in the sector.
HSBC's China chief economist Hongbin Qu says domestic demand has been driving most of the recovery.
"Thanks to the continuous gains in new business, manufacturers accelerated production by additional hiring and more purchases," he noted in the report.
"Despite the still tepid external demand, the domestic-driven restocking process is likely to add steam to China's ongoing recovery in the coming months."