Euro zone manufacturing activity slowed slightly in February, according to Markit's purchasing managers index (PMI).
The reading came in at 53.2. A figure above 50 indicates that manufacturing has expanded.
Initial flash figures suggested that the index dipped to 53.0 from 54.0 in January. Despite the dip, there was positive news in the currency bloc's four biggest economies: Germany; France; Spain and Italy all recording a rise.