* Euro govt bond yields rise 1-4 bps across the board
* German and French business activity expand more than
* PMI numbers due out for the entire bloc at 0900 GMT
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By Abhinav Ramnarayan
LONDON, March 24 Investors sold euro zone
government bonds on Friday on expectations that private sector
activity data would show further signs of economic growth,
thereby strengthening the case for a withdrawal of monetary
Despite uncertainty over a delayed U.S. healthcare vote that
may have implications for the "Trumpflation" trade, euro zone
government bond yields rose 1-4 basis points on Friday.
The rise came as data showed French and German business
activity expanded more than expected in March and ahead of the
release of equivalent data for the entire single currency bloc
at 0900 GMT.
Any reading above 50 on the PMI index suggests expansion,
and the French number was 57.6 and the German was 57.0 while the
euro zone equivalent is expected to be 55.8, according to a
"With the PMIs expected to come in quite strongly, I think
it will be a confirmation of the economic strength in the euro
zone, and that means there's more of a case for the ECB to
tighten (monetary policy)," said DZ Bank strategist Christian
Euro zone inflation surged to a four-year high in February,
zooming past the European Central Bank's target and piling
pressure on rate setters to open talks about when and how
extraordinary stimulus measures will be scaled back.
This has seen bond yields rise inexorably since, with the
yield on Germany's 10-year bonds, the benchmark
for region, rising 19 basis points in March so far. It was up
1.5 bps on Friday to 0.44 percent.
Other high-rated bond yields were up 1-2 basis points, while
lower-rated South European countries saw government bond yields
rise 3-4 bps.
The likes of Italy, Spain and Portugal generally move most
on expectations of tightening as they are seen as the biggest
beneficiaries of the European Central Bank's bond buying scheme.
The rise in yields came despite the fact that doubt has been
cast over U.S. President Donald Trump's ability to deliver
fiscal stimulus measures promised during his election campaign
The success of a key healthcare bill later on Friday will be
a signal of whether Trump can get growth and inflation-boosting
measures passed into law in the world's richest country.
Global bond yields and stock markets have risen sharply
since December on expectations of "Trumpflation", but U.S.
stocks suffered their biggest daily fall since June earlier this
"I am hesitant to read too much into the bond moves while
this healthcare reform measure is hanging over the market," said
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(Editing by Hugh Lawson)