China, France drag on global manufacturing revival

Feb 03, 2014, 11:06 AM EST
The new Nissan Qashqai is produced on the assembly line at the Nissan Sunderland plant on January 22, 2014 in Sunderland, England.
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Manufacturers around the world enjoyed a solid start to the year as order books swelled, surveys showed on Monday, though a struggle for growth in China and a downturn in France took the shine off the overall picture. Euro zone factories had their best month since mid-2011 and, with unemployment near record highs, increased headcount for the first time in two years. They were led by a sharp pick-up in Germany and a revival among the states on the region's periphery.
China, France drag on global manufacturing revival [Reuters]
U.K. Manufacturing Sector Growth Misses Expectations [WSJ]
US manufacturing expands, but at less brisk pace: Markit [CNBC]