RTTNews - In further signs that the worst of the recession is over, the decline in Eurozone service sector activities eased further in May, reports said Wednesday, citing data released by the Markit Economics.

The purchasing managers' index or PMI for the Eurozone service sector rose to 44.8 in May from a flash reading of 44.7 and 43.8 in April. The PMI thus reached to a seven-month high. However, the headline index is still below the 50-mark that divides expansion and contraction. The expectations index for the service sector rose to a 15-month high of 59.1 from April's 54.4.

The composite index that contains both service and manufacturing PMIs was at 44, an increase from previous month's 41.1 and the flash reading of 43.9.

The PMI for Germany's service sector increased to 45.2 from 43.8 in April and that for France stood at an eight-month high of 48.3, up from 46.5 in April and 47.6 initially estimated. The Italian services PMI climbed to 43.1 from 42 in the previous month. However, in Spain, the activity contracted notably. The PMI fell to 39.1 from 42.3.

Out of the euro area, the CIPS/Markit PMI for the British service sector unexpectedly moved above the 50-mark to record a growth for the first time in a year. The indicator rose to 51.7 in May from 48.7 in April, while forecast was for a reading of 49.5. That was the sixth consecutive gain.

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