Manufacturing growth rates in both the UK and the eurozone remained robust in June, but while the Continental economy's expansion accelerated, Britain's rate of advance slowed.
This slight contrast in velocity of growth between the UK and eurozone was marked also by contrasting levels of new order growth, purchasing activity and business confidence going forward.
Indeed, in Continental Europe there were few countries that didn't experience accelerating expansion in their manufacturing sectors in June, according to the region's purchasing managers.
Eurozone PMI at six-year highs
Austria, Germany and the Netherlands all enjoyed business activity levels at more than six-year highs and, as a whole, the eurozone manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) hit a 74-month high.
The final eurozone PMI for the factory sectors rose to 57.4 in June, adjusted higher from the flash estimate of 57.3, and up from 57 in May.
Growth was broad, with Greece and Spain also experiencing expanding business activity – a PMI above 50 indicates growth.
Manufacturing production and new orders expanded at the fastest rates since the first half of 2011.
This was underpinned by robust intakes of new work from both domestic and export customers, reported IHS Markit, the compiler of the PMI surveys.
Chris Williamson, chief business economist at IHS Markit, said: "At current levels, the PMI is indicative of factory output growing at an annual rate of some 5%."
He added: "This in turn indicates the goods producing sector will have made a strong positive contribution to second quarter economic growth."
He also noted that optimism about the year ahead had risen to the highest for at least five years as order backlogs built up at the fastest pace in seven years, leading to record levels of hiring.