Greek manufacturing growth picked up in November on the back of sharper expansions in production and new orders, leading firms to add staff at a faster pace, a survey showed on Monday.
Beijing has also implemented a number of measures to stimulate the economy, which expanded at its lowest pace in almost three decades in the third quarter.
With the economy needing to grow around 8 per cent each year to create enough jobs for millions of youth joining the labour force, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government will be pressured to take further steps.
Markit's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) of manufacturing companies rose to 47.5 last month from 46.8 in October.More news: Essex Police launch murder investigation after boy, 12, dies in collision
Foreign client demand strengthened as the rate of new export order growth accelerated to a six-month high.
The improvement not only brought the index further from the 50-point threshold between an expansion and a contraction in activity but it was the highest reading since last June.
While a measure of demand - the new orders sub-index - rose to 52.0 from 51.3 in October, a sub-index measuring hiring by factories went below the breakeven point for the first time since March previous year.
"If trade negotiations between China and the USA can progress in the next phase, and business confidence can be repaired effectively, manufacturing production and investment is likely to see a solid improvement", he said.More news: Trudeau to meet with Trump Tuesday at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit
"Chris Williamson, the Chief Business Economist at IHS Markit, commented: "[US] Business sentiment... remains worryingly subdued, with expectations about future output growth well down on earlier in the year and running at one of the lowest levels seen since comparable data were first available in 2012".
"The manufacturing sector likely will miss out on any rally in economic activity driven by a reduction in political risks in the first half of next year, given the threat that manufacturers will have to export under WTO terms from the end of 2020".
PMI data also showed a lack of inflationary pressures in November, which should support expectations for the Reserve Bank of India to cut its repo rate for the sixth time in a row at its December 3-5 meeting.More news: America's Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union's departure investigated