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Brussels (AFP) - the gross domestic product (GDP) of the euro zone declined twice as expected in the first quarter, Announced Tuesday, June 8 the European Statistics Office, while confirming a technical recession under the effect of health restrictions.
The GDP of the 19 countries that adopted the single currency decreased by 0.3% between January and March, compared to the previous quarter, according to a second estimate of Eurostat. The first published estimate at the end of April showed a drop of 0.6%.
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This decline follows a 0.6% drop in the fourth quarter 2020, as a little less strong than expected. Eurostat announced so far -0.7%.
A decline in GDP over two consecutive quarters technically defines a recession.
Most experts expect a strong rebound in growth in the second quarter (April-June) thanks to the gradual lifting of health restrictions that have slowed the activity, particularly in transport services, at the hotel. -Resteration and tourism.
GDP has been revised upwards in the same proportions for the entire European Union. It decreased by 0.1% in the first quarter, compared to the last three months of 2020, vs. -0.4% announced previously.
over one year, the decline in GDP is also less strong than anticipated. The first quarter GDP of the euro zone fell by 1.3% compared to the same period last year (against -1.8% calculated before) and that of the EU of 1.2% (against -1.7%).
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