Flash French manufacturing PMI unchanged in March at 43.9; manufacturing output rises to 42.8...

|By:, SA News Editor

Flash French manufacturing PMI unchanged in March at 43.9; manufacturing output rises to 42.8 from 41.8 in February; services drops to 49-month low of 41.9 from 43.7; composite output drops to four-year low of 42.1 from 43.1. "It's difficult to find any crumbs of comfort among the data, with new orders and backlogs both declining at sharper rates and employment cuts continuing." (PR)