Business activity in the French service sector improved markedly at the end of 2017, despite a slight slowdown from November's recent peak.
Growth continued to be underpinned by strong client demand, with the rate of increase in new orders broadly unchanged from last month's six-and-a-half year high.
Business confidence also picked up for the second successive month and encouraged a further round of job creation.
On the price front, input cost inflation remained substantially more marked than the rise in average selling prices.
The headline seasonally adjusted Business Activity Index posted 59.1 in December. Although down from November's six-and-a-half year high of 60.4, the latest index reading was consistent with a marked expansion that was substantially greater than the long-run series average.
The final seasonally adjusted IHS Markit France Composite Output Index - which covers the combined manufacturing and service sectors - posted 59.6 in December, down from November's six-and-a-half year high of 60.3.
Underlying overall service sector activity growth was a further sharp expansion in new orders. Indeed, the rate of expansion was broadly unchanged from last month's six-and-a-half year high and marked overall.