China’s service sector in the doldrums as Covid-19 lockdowns drag on

SINGAPORE — Activity in China’s service sector fell in April to its weakest level since the early days of the pandemic, an indicator showed, as shutdowns aimed at containing Covid-19 shuttered restaurants and shops and kept millions at home.

The data adds to evidence that China’s economy has slowed sharply in the past month as authorities imposed restrictions on businesses and daily life in major cities including Shanghai.


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