16 May, 2012

Europe avoids recession with strong German growth

Europe has narrowly avoided returning to recession after recording zero growth in the first three months.  The stronger-than-expected performance was in large part due to growth of 0.5{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} in the German economy.  In the final quarter of 2011, the eurozone shrank by 0.3{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e}, and many analysts expected further contraction.  The French economy recorded zero growth in the first quarter of 2012, while the Italian economy contracted by 0.8{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e}.

Separately, the Greek national statistics office said the nation’s economy had contracted by 6.2{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} in the three-month period. Greece is implementing drastic austerity measures to cut its deficit and comply with the terms of a massive bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

The German statistics agency, Destatis, said the country’s economic growth was due to a rise in exports and higher domestic consumption.

Credit: BBC/Reuters

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