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British manufacturing sector expanded at the fastest pace in eight months during March on stronger growth in production and new orders that led to increased hiring, survey results from Markit Economics and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply showed Wednesday. The Markit/CIPS Purchasing...

Italy's manufacturing sector expanded at the fastest pace in 11 months in March, survey results from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The Markit/ADACI Purchasing Mangers' Index rose to 53.3 in March from 51.9 in February. This was the highest score since April 2014. It was forecast to rise to 52.1....

The French manufacturing sector continued to contract in March but at a slower than initially estimated pace, final data from Markit revealed Wednesday. The Purchasing Managers' Index came in at 48.8 in March, up from 47.6 in February. The flash score was 48.2. Boosting the headline index were...

Poland's factory sector expanded for the sixth consecutive month in March, as output and new orders rose sharply, though at the slowest rates so far this year, survey results from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The headline HSBC manufacturing purchasing managers' index, or PMI, fell to 54.8 in...

German manufacturing growth in March was faster than estimated earlier, marking the strongest improvement in eleven months, survey data from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The Markit/BME Germany Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index climbed to 52.8 from 51.1 in February. The flash reading...

Eurozone manufacturing sector expanded more than initially estimated as growth accelerated in Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, final data from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The Purchasing Mangers' Index rose to a 10-month high of 52.2 in March from 51 in February. The flash score was...

Switzerland's manufacturing sector contracted for the third consecutive month in March, the Credit Suisse said Wednesday. Although the procure.ch Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 47.9 in March from 47.3 in February, the score was below 50 indicating contraction in the sector. The reading was expected...

Czech manufacturing growth improved more-than-expected in March on stronger growth in new orders, purchasing activity and employment, extending the current upturn to nearly two years, survey data from Markit Economics revealed Wednesday. The HSBC Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for the Czech...

Turkey's manufacturing activity contracted the most in nearly six years in March, as output and new orders fell sharply, results of a survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed Wednesday. The HSBC manufacturing purchasing managers' index, or PMI, dropped to 48.0 in March from 49.6 in the previous...

Norway's manufacturing sector contracted unexpectedly in March due to the decreases in orders and production, survey data from the Norwegian Association of Purchasing and Logistics showed Wednesday. The Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 48.8 in March from 50.9 in February. A score below 50 indicates...

Spain's manufacturing activity continued its robust expansion in March amid sustained gains in output and orders, and logged the biggest increase in employment in nearly eight years, survey data from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The Markit Spain Purchasing Managers' Index for the factory sector...

Japanese auto sales declined further in March, data published by Japan Automobile Dealers Association showed Wednesday. Vehicle sales registered a double-digit annual fall of 13.1 percent in March, following a 14.2 percent drop in February. Auto sales totaled 418,025 units in March. Passenger...

Thailand's consumer prices dropped at a faster-than-expected pace in March, the Ministry of Commerce reported Wednesday. The consumer price index fell 0.57 percent year-over-year in March, exceeding economists' expectations for a 0.45 percent decrease. It was the third consecutive month of decline...

Russia's manufacturing sector contracted for the fourth straight month in March, as both output and new business fell, though slightly, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to 48.1 in March from 49.7 in the previous month. A reading...

Ireland's manufacturing sector continued to expand at a solid pace in March, driven by a series-record increase in employment, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The seasonally adjusted Investec purchasing managers' index, or PMI, dropped slightly to 56.8 in March from February's...

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