Updated:Another sign the tide is turning in Europe? New orders flooded in to euro zone factories in January, giving them their strongest month since mid-2011. And that's led them to take on staff for the first time in 2 years. Germany led the increase in Markit's business surveys, and there was also a pick-up in the periphery. It wasn't all good news globally - China's factory growth hit a six-month low in January, increasing worries of an economic slowdown.