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Brazil manufacturing sector expands slightly in March: PMI

By Asher Levine SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's manufacturing activity expanded for the fourth straight month in March, though at a meager pace as growth in new orders cooled, a private survey showed on Tuesday. The HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index for the Brazilian manufacturing sector rose to a seasonally adjusted 50.6 in March from 50.4 in February. The 50 mark separates contraction from expansion.

Brazil manufacturing sector expands slightly in March: PMI

By Asher Levine SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's manufacturing activity expanded for the fourth straight month in March, though at a meager pace as growth in new orders cooled, a private survey showed on Tuesday. The HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index for the Brazilian manufacturing sector rose to a seasonally adjusted 50.6 in March from 50.4 in February. The 50 mark separates contraction from expansion.

Eurozone business activity upswing continues: PMI index

The recovery of the eurozone's manufacturing sector is continuing, with activity showing the ninth month of growth in a row, and the gap among major economies narrowing, a survey showed on Tuesday. Markit Economics said on Tuesday that its Eurozone Composite Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for March stood at 53.0, down from February's 53.2 but making for an average rise over the first quarter as a whole (53.4), "the best outcome since the second quarter of 2011".

Eurozone business activity rallies: PMI index

The recovery of the eurozone's manufacturing sector is holding up, with activity showing the ninth month of growth in a row, and the gap among major economies narrowing, a survey showed on Tuesday. Markit Economics said on Tuesday that its Eurozone Composite Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for March stood at 53.0, down from February's 53.2 but making for an average rise over the first quarter as a whole (53.4), "the best outcome since the second quarter of 2011".

China manufacturing up slightly in March

China's manufacturing activity improved marginally in March from the previous month, the government said Tuesday, but analysts said the world's second biggest economy remained weak. The official purchasing managers index (PMI) was 50.3 in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement, up from 50.2 in February, which was an eight-month low. The index tracks manufacturing activity in China's factories and workshops and is a closely watched indicator of the health of the economy. A reading above 50 indicates growth.

China's FX regulator says foreign debt risk decreasing

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign exchange regulator said on Monday that it does not see any risk in the country's relatively high ratio of short-term foreign debt to total foreign debt, noting that the country had a large pile of foreign reserves to fall back on. China's outstanding short-term foreign debt accounted for 78 percent of total outstanding foreign debt at the end of last year, SAFE said. The figure is higher than the internationally accepted safety line of 25 percent.

Colombia current account deficit ends 2013 at 3.4 percent

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's current account deficit deepened to 3.4 percent of GDP in 2013 from 3.2 percent the previous year, the central bank said on Friday, as lower prices for some key exports contributed to the near halving of the Andean nation's trade surplus. The balance of payments deficit stood at $12.7 billion by the end of last year while the trade surplus tumbled to $1.9 billion. The economy grew 4.3 percent last year, beating expectations, while inflation remains low.

U.S. March factory activity growth slows slightly - Markit

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing activity slowed in March after nearing a four-year high last month, but the rate of growth and the pace of hiring remained strong, an industry report showed on Monday. Financial data firm Markit said its "flash" or preliminary U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index slipped to 55.5 from 57.1 in February. Readings above 50 indicate expansion.

Euro zone business recovery stays strong as firms slash prices

By Jonathan Cable LONDON (Reuters) - The pace of growth among euro zone private businesses has barely slowed from February's 2-1/2 year high this month, but firms were forced to slash prices again to maintain the momentum, surveys showed on Monday. With a solid expansion in both the manufacturing and services industries, and a return to growth in the bloc's second-biggest economy of France, the recovery appears to be ever more broad-based.

HSBC China manufacturing index hits eight-month low

Chinese manufacturing activity contracted in March to its weakest rate in eight months, data showed Monday, the latest indication of slowing growth in the world's number two economy. The data is the latest in a string of weak indicators out of Beijing, with analysts suggesting the government could announce a series of measures to inject life back into the Asian powerhouse.
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