Markit Economics released its final manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) for France on Friday. France's final manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) decreased to 49.6 in March from 50.2 in February, in line with the preliminary reading.
The index was driven by drops in new business and output prices. Output rose slightly.
"Although output returned to growth in March, a sharper fall in new orders dragged the PMI below the neutral 50.0 mark and highlighted the ongoing weakness of demand facing manufacturers," Markit Senior Economist Jack Kennedy said.