The REUTERS Eurozone Service Sector Business Activity Index fell from 53.3 in April to 52.1 in May. Although indicating an expansion of activity for the fifth month running, the pace of growth was the weakest seen since February. The slower rate of expansion was driven primarily by a set back of growth in Germany, where contraction was reported following two successive months of expansion. All other main national economies continued to expand, but the rate of increase slowed in both France and Ireland. Growth strengthened, however, in Italy and Spain. Ireland again recorded the fastest pace of increase, followed by France.