This file photo taken on January 31, 2017 in Lille, northern France, shows a one Euro coin. AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN
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The eurozone emerged as one of the best-performing major economies last year, and its businesses started 2018 by ramping up activity at the fastest rate in well over a decade.IHS Markit's composite flash PMI for the eurozone, seen as a good guide to economic health, fell to 57.5 this month, below all forecasts in a Reuters poll, which had predicted a more modest dip to 58.5 from January's final reading of 58.8 .IHS Markit said the bloc was heading for its best quarterly growth since the second quarter of 2016, with the PMI pointing to first-quarter growth of 0.9 percent, much faster than the 0.6 percent predicted in a Reuters poll.Earlier data from Germany and France, the eurozone's two biggest economies and the only ones to publish flash PMIs, showed business growth in both countries eased more than expected.
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