Oil prices remained steady at around $73 a barrel today after news of weak manufacturing data renewed worries among investors about slow economic growth.

For August delivery, US crude gained 11¢ to stand at $73.06 a barrel by 07.06 GMT, while London Brent crude rose 13¢ at $72.47 a barrel, according to Reuters.

Reports from China, Europe and the US showed that manufacturing growth around the world had slowed in June, signalling a slow recovery of the global economy.