The IHS Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI fell to 53.6 in November 2020, from 54.8 in the previous month but above market consensus of 53.1, a preliminary estimate showed.
The latest reading suggests the manufacturing sector expansion slowed for the first time since the start of the sector’s recovery back in July, due to lockdowns and renewed efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manufacturing production continued to rise markedly, while inflows of new orders increased at the slowest rate recorded over the past five months. At the same time, employment declined at a softer rate and work-in-hand was up for a fourth successive month.
On the price front, input cost inflation hit a near two-year high, while selling prices increased only slightly. Looking ahead, business confidence was the strongest since March 2018, due to encouraging news of vaccine developments in recent weeks.