China will start direct trading between the yuan and the euro tomorrow as the worldâ€™s second-largest economy seeks to spur global use of its currency. The move will lower transaction costs and so make yuan and euros more attractive to conduct bilateral trade and investment, the Peopleâ€™s Bank of China said today in a statement on its website. HSBC Holdings Plc said separately it has received regulatory approval to be one of the first market makers when trading begins in Chinaâ€™s domestic market. The euro will become the sixth major currency to be exchangeable directly for yuan in Shanghai, joining the U.S., Australian and New Zealand dollars, the British pound and the Japanese yen. The yuan ranked seventh for global payments in August and more than one-third of the worldâ€™s financial institutions have used it for transfers to China and Hong Kong, the Society for Worldwide International Financial Telecommunications said last week. â€œItâ€™s a fresh step forward in Chinaâ€™s yuan internationalization,â€ said Liu Dongliang, an analyst with China Merchants Bank Co. in Shenzhen. â€œHowever, the real impact on foreign exchange rates and companies may be limited as onshore trading volumes between yuan and non-dollars are still too small to gain real pricing power.â€ Transactions exchanging yuan for dollars totaled 12.2 trillion yuan in the first half of 2014, dwarfing the 110.4 billion yuan worth of trades for euros and the 251.7 billion yuan for yen, the PBOC said in a monetary policy report last month.