Aust dollar falls in early trade

Local currency almost one cent lower on weaker-than-expected China data.

The Australian dollar is almost one cent lower after figures from China showed manufacturing activity in the world's second largest economy slowed to an 11-month low in July.

At 0630 AEST, the local unit was trading at 91.69 US cents, down from 92.57 cents on Wednesday.

The China flash HSBC purchasing managers' index (PMI) for July, released on Wednesday, came in weaker than economists expected, falling to 47.7 from 48.2 in June.

Numbers below 50 on the 100-point scale show a contraction in activity.