Strong PMI index hints at better economy for Italy -update 2

Manufacturing sector improved in January

(ANSA) - Rome, February 4 - Italy's manufacturing and services sector surged in January by more than expected, part of a eurozone-wide trend towards better economic times, according to Purchasing Managers Index data released Wednesday by the Markit research organization.
    It showed that Italy's PMI rose to 51.2 points last month, from 49.4 points in December, a strong sign of economic growth.
    A number below 50 points. suggests a weakening in the economy.
    Expectations had been a figure of about 50.1 points for Italy.
    Eurozone growth came in at 52.6 points, the strongest since July and raising hopes that a recovery is in sight.


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