The Eurozone’s Manufacturing PMI was posted at 58.2 in February, below 58.7 in January, although the demand for goods from the region rose the fastest since August.
Source: IHS Markit
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Both output and new orders posted gains in February, reflecting fewer supply chain delays, while lead times were at the weakest for at least twelve months.
Consumer and intermediate goods producers showed strong improvements, while investment goods had weaker expansion despite holding the strongest performance overall.
Manufacturing conditions improved the most in the Netherlands, with sharp expansions also noted in Germany and Austria. Spain posted the weakest growth in the monitored euro area countries, while France followed.
Employment expansion was stable, with purchases stockpiles rising at a slower rate in February.
Input and output charges slowed, although they remained among the fastest ever.