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Eurozone economic growth slows to 0.3% in Q3

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 13/11/2015 (15:55)
According to preliminary data from the statistical office of the European Union (Eurostat), the eurozone economy grew 0.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis in the third quarter after expanding 0.4% in the previous quarter. The region’s Q3 growth also missed economists’ expectations, which called for a growth rate of 0.4% on a quarterly basis in a survey conducted by Reuters. On a yearly basis, meanwhile, the region’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased 1.6% in the three months ending September.

The deceleration in the economy was attributed to weaker exports as well as a slowdown in Germany, Europe’s largest economy. The German economy grew 0.3% on a quarterly basis after gaining 0.4% in the second quarter, according to data from Germany’s Federal Statistics Office. Meanwhile, Italy’s GDP growth also fell below economists’ expectations in the third quarter, growing by 0.2% compared with economists’ projections that called for 0.3% growth.

However, France’s economy returned to growth in the July-September period. The country’s economy expanded 0.3% in the third quarter owing to a 0.3% increase in consumer spending, in line with economists’ forecasts.

Slower eurozone growth spurred expectations of an extension in the bond-buying program of the European Central Bank (ECB). Previously, ECB president Mario Draghi signaled that they are preparing to expand their €60 billion per month bond-buying program if necessary and that the bank may even cut interest rates again.
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