Euro-area manufacturing accelerated for a sixth month in February amid signs that inflation pressures may be starting to build as factories struggle to keep up with demand.
A Purchasing Managers’ Index climbed to 55.4, IHS Markit said on Wednesday. The reading compares with a flash estimate of 55.5 and is up from 55.2 in January. Companies raised output charges at the fastest pace in more than five years as higher commodity prices and a weaker euro drove up costs, while suppliers took longer to fill orders, the London-based company said.
The report follows a series of strong data suggesting the currency bloc’s economy is gathering momentum even amid heightened political uncertainty. The European Central Bank may start debating an exit strategy from unconventional stimulus next week as inflation is approaching its goal of just below 2 percent.
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