StockMarketWire.com - The UK flash manufacturing purchasing managers' index rose to a 10-month high of 51.9 in February, according to IHS Markit.

The rise defied market expectations of a fall to 49.7 from the 50.0 recorded in January.

The flash services business activity index fell to 53.3, broadly in line with market expectations of a fall to 53.4 from the 53.9 recorded in January.

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