BEIJING/SHANGHAI -- While much of the world's output is grinding to a halt because of the coronavirus, China is slowly emerging from its shutdowns by restarting production at factories and resuming some flights.
A recovery in the world's second-largest economy provides some relief for global manufacturers in the months ahead as the outbreak continues to wreak havoc in Europe, U.S., India and Latin America.
Employees are returning to work, production lines are starting to roll and even the original outbreak epicenter of Wuhan is ending its lockdown soon.
Car sales in China probably hit a bottom last month and are set to gradually rebound as the spread of the virus slows and consumers return to shopping, an auto industry group said this month.
"Real-time indicators show that China is re-starting its industrial complex," analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein said in a note Tuesday. "Clearly the re-start is at an early stage, but things are gradually improving."