Oil prices have fallen due to concerns that arose last week after weak Chinese manufacturing activity.

Brent crude futures slipped 55 cents at $49.01 a barrel, while the US futures were trading at $45.95 a barrel, down 64 cents, Reuters reported.

Commerzbank in Frankfurt senior oil analyst Carsten Fritsch told the news agency: "High OPEC production, record-high production in Russia and weak China data are driving prices lower."

"High OPEC production, record-high production in Russia and weak China data are driving prices lower.

A survey revealed that during October, there was a fall in factory activity in China, the world’s largest oil-consuming country.

Russia’s report on record oil production in October hit a post-Soviet record of 10.78 million barrels per day and exacerbated the global supply glut.

A survey conducted by the news agency last week highlighted that oil prices are set to remain low in 2016 as OPEC may stick to its announcement of maintaining high production when it meets on 4 December.

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New data revealed that the oil rig count in the US also fell, adding to speculation that domestic crude production will dip in the coming months.