- French manufacturing PMI rose to 49.3 (flash 48.8) in January from from 47 in December.
- "New orders, output, employment and stocks of purchases declined at slower rates," Markit says. "Only suppliers' delivery times made a weaker contribution."
- The hope is that President Hollande's new reform agenda "will deliver some sort of a shot in the arm to business confidence and kick-start a return to growth," Markit says.
- The CAC 40 (EWQ) is flat. (PR)
at CNBC.com (Aug 22, 2014)