The German PMIs for manufacturing and services have both come in positive this morning, rising to 49.0 and 54.1 respectively. French sectors also expanded in a surprise to markets, which confirmed the view that Europe's two major economies are emerging from recession.

For the region, the eurozone PMI for manufacturing and services are at a more modest 47 and 49 resepectively, just below the 50 threshold for expansion. This news sent the euro to a weekly high against the US dollar and also boosted French and German stock markets.

Euro currency exchange rates are currently at USD1.4314 and GBP0.8655.

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