Business activity in France continued to expand at a robust pace at the start of 2018 according to the country's purchasing managers.
IHS Markit's flash composite output index rose to 59.7 in January, up from December's 59.6 and beating expectations of a dip back to 59.4, but just shy of November's six-and-a-half year peak of 60.3.
A reading above 50 indicates expanding business activity.
The expansion was broad based across manufacturing and services, Markit said, although growth in manufacturing slowed to a two-month low of 58.1, down from December's 58.8.
New orders remained at a marked level but was down slightly from December as was employment in the manufacturing sectors.
Any slight moderation in the manufacturing industries was offset by growth in services, the compiler of the report said.
Services saw the fastest rise in new orders in six-and-a-half years, while strong client demand helped buoy employment numbers, which rose for the fifteenth-straight month in January.
In line with rising input costs, selling prices were seen to rise a sharper pace in January - Markit said the rate of charge inflation was the most marked since August 2011.
The acceleration was broad based across the manufacturing and services sectors as firms passed on their higher cost burdens to clients.
Claus Vistesen, chief eurozone economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said: "Overall, this report shows little change to the story of solid momentum in the private sector at the start of the year.
"It is too early to say anything about the first quarter as a whole, but these data suggest that the strong finish to 2017 has been carried over into 2018."