Business activity in the 19-member euro zone expanded at its fastest pace in four years in June, data on Tuesday showed, in the latest sign that a recovery in the region is finally gaining traction.
The flash Markit Composite Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), which tracks manufacturing and service sector activity, rose to 54.1 in June from 53.6 in May.
The reading was in line with analyst expectations in a Reuters poll and held above the 50-mark that divides expansion from contraction.
PMI data released earlier on Tuesday from Europe's two big economies – Germany and France – also painted a brighter outlook for the euro zone economy.
The French PMI data showed the country's manufacturing sector expanded in June for the first time since April 2014. Germany's composite PMI meanwhile rose to 54.0 in June from 52.6 in May.