Growth in manufacturing activity in the euro area slowed in April

The index of supply managers in the euro area fell in April to 56.2 points from 56.6 points in March, the final data of IHS Markit showed. The April figure was minimal for 13 months. According to IHS Markit/BME, in Germany, the purchasing managers' index in April was 58.1 points, decreased from 58.2 points in March, that showed the lowest value in nine months. In France, in April, there was a stabilization in the growth rate in the manufacturing sector. According to the final data, the PMI index rose to 53.8 points from the March value of 53.7 points, which was the minimum for 12 months.

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