The euro-zone economy: Cyclical stagnation

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The recovery grinds to a halt

THIS week’s figures for the euro-zone economy were dispiriting by any measure. An already feeble and faltering recovery has stumbled. Output across the euro area was flat in the second quarter (see chart). That followed a poor start to the year when the single-currency club managed to grow by just 0.2% (0.8% at an annual rate).
There were some bright spots in the bulletin of misery. Both the Dutch and Portuguese economies, which had contracted in the first quarter, rebounded, growing by 0.5% and 0.6% respectively. Spanish growth picked up from 0.4% in the first quarter to 0.6% in the second. But these perky performances were overshadowed by the poor figures recorded in the three biggest economies. Italy, the third largest, had already reported a decline of 0.2%, pushing it into a triple-dip recession. France, the second biggest, continued to stagnate. But the real blow came from Germany, the powerhouse of the euro zone, where output …

Link to article: www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21612254-recovery-grinds-halt-cyclical-stagnation?fsrc=rss

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