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South Africa's manufacturing sector contracted for the first time in five months in February, survey figures from Kagiso Tiso Holdings showed Monday. The seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Manager's Index fell notably to 47.6 in February from 54.2 in the previous month. Any reading below 50 indicates...

Italy's manufacturing sector expanded for the first time in five months during February at the fastest pace in eight months, as production grew in response to higher demand, results of a survey by Markit Economics showed Monday. The Markit/ADACI Italy Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose...

Manufacturing activity in Greece continued its downward trend in February, as output and new orders fell sharply, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Monday. The seasonally adjusted purchasing managers' index, or PMI, rose slightly to 48.4 in February from 48.3 in January. But any reading...

The euro area jobless rate declined to the lowest since April 2012, data from Eurostat showed Monday. The unemployment rate dropped marginally to 11.2 percent in January from revised 11.3 percent in December. It was forecast to remain at December's originally estimated rate of 11.4 percent. This...

Corrects third paragraph to reflect that January's fall was the biggest since July 2009 Eurozone inflation remained negative for the third straight month in February but the rate of decline in prices slowed more than expected, flash estimate from Eurostat revealed Monday. The harmonized index of...

British manufacturing activity was the strongest in seven months during February with growth in output and new orders strengthening further, creating more jobs, results of a survey by Markit Economics showed Monday. The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Purchasing Manager's Index for the manufacturing...

Manufacturing growth in the Czech Republic eased in February, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Monday. The HSBC purchasing managers' index fell to 55.6 from 56.1 in the previous month. The overall improvement in business conditions was solid during the month and the PMI continued to...

U.K. mortgage approvals increased to a 4-month high in January, data from the Bank of England showed Monday. The number of approved housing loans increased to 60,786 in January from 60,349 in the prior month. This was the highest since September but below the expected level of 61,000. Total lending...

Denmark's unemployment rate remained unchanged for the second straight month in January, data from Statistics Denmark showed Monday. The jobless rate came in at 4.9 percent at the start of the year, the same rate as in November and December. The December figure was revised down from 5.0 percent. The...

Norway's manufacturing activity growth slowed in February after quickening in January, survey data from the Norwegian Association of Purchasing and Logistics (NIMA) and Danske Bank showed Monday. The purchasing managers' index fell to 51.2 in February from 51.9 in January. A PMI score above 50 suggests...

Eurozone manufacturing sector growth remained stable in February, final data from Markit Economics showed Monday. The final Purchasing Managers' Index came in at seasonally adjusted 51, unchanged from January's six-month high. The reading was below the flash score of 51.1. "Coming months will...

The Dutch manufacturing sector expanded at the slowest rate in five months in February, survey results from Markit Economics showed Monday. The headline NEVI Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, decreased to a five-month low of 52.2 from 54.1 in January. Production and new orders grew at the slowest...

The Spanish manufacturing sector expanded in February as new orders logged its fastest growth since April 2007, survey data from Markit Economics showed Monday. But the overall rate of growth moderated from January. The seasonally adjusted Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 54.2 in February from...

Poland factory sector growth slowed marginally in February, survey results from Markit Economics showed Monday. The headline HSBC Poland Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, edged down to 55.1 in February from the eleven-month high of 55.2 in January. This signaled a solid rate of expansion. A...

Turkey's manufacturing activity contracted at a slightly faster pace in February, results of a survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed Monday. The HSBC manufacturing purchasing managers' index, or PMI, edged down to 49.6 in February from 49.8 in January. This was the second consecutive...

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