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The latest data pushed down eurozone government borrowing costs, with traders more confident that the European Central Bank will take extra measures to inject cash into the single-currency zone. "The eurozone economy continued to make steady progress in August, as the region looks to bounce back following the recent weaker-than-expected GDP (gross domestic product) readings," said Rob Dobson, senior economist at the private Markit research group that published the data. Markit's set of leading indicators -- the purchasing managers' index (PMI) -- turned in a figure of 52.8, above the 50 points that signal expansion but lower than a revised figure of 53.8 in July. This followed last week's official data that showed the eurozone ground to a halt in the second quarter, with none of the bloc's three biggest economies -- Germany, France and Italy -- registering growth.