The European Union economy slowed in the first quarter of the year, official Eurostat figures have showed. Economic growth in the Euro zone slowed to 0.4% for the period from January to March 2018, compared with 0.7% in the previous quarter. Growth in the 19-country single currency bloc reached 2.5% year-on-year.
The Euro-zone's economy grew by a faster-than-expected 0.6% in the first three months of the year, according to official statistics. The growth rate in the 19-nation bloc doubled from the 0.3% rate recorded in the previous quarter, and was above analysts' expectations of 0.4%.
The economic recovery within the European Union and the eurozone should continue at “a modest pace” next year, the EU has forecast. The economy of the 28-nation EU is set to grow by 1.9% this year, 2.0% in 2016 and by 2.1% the year after.
Consumer prices in the Euro zone scraped out of deflation in April after four months, official data has shown, boosting hopes of economic recovery in Europe. The inflation rate in the 19 nations that use the Euro stood at 0% in April, up from a rate of -0.1% in March. Eurostat said that low energy costs were continuing to cut living costs.
The European Central Bank (ECB) has stepped up plans for more stimulus measures aimed at revitalizing the Euro-zone economy, bank president Mario Draghi said on Thursday. His comments came after the ECB held interest rates at 0.05%.
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Bank of England interest rates have been left on hold at 0.5% for another month amid fears that the pace of recovery in the UK economy is slowing. The BoE base rate has been at its current level for more than five years, with economists not expecting an increase until next summer.
The president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, says the bank stands ready to give the Euro zone further economic stimulus should it become necessary. The comments boosted shares in Europe. It also prompted a fall for the euro, with analysts increasingly braced for more dramatic stimulus measures.
French President Francois Hollande and Mario Draghi the head of the European Central Bank (ECB) have agreed that European demand must be lifted to head off a risk of deflation, French officials said.
The European Central Bank left interest rates at a record low at 0.25% on Thursday, but said it remained ready to act in the face of risks to the Euro zone economy, particularly turbulence in the emerging markets, and downplayed deflation.