Eurozone economy growth slams greatest in decade

Eurozone growth and inflation surge, adding to pressure on ECB

Growth in the eurozone shot up in 2017, putting Europe at the centre of a global recovery and on par with levels of expansion not seen since before the financial crisis, according to figures released today.

The EU’s official statistics agency said that economic growth in the 19 country eurozone hits 2.5 percent, far ahead of the 1.8 percent reached a year earlier.

Europe’s economic recovery roared on despite the uncertainty around Brexit, with the EU economies lifted by a resurgent France and Spain.

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The level, which was also matched by the 28-member EU as a whole, was the highest since 2007 when the eurozone economy hit 3.0 percent before the financial crisis implosion.

Growth in the euro area reached 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter, Eurostat said, on par with a forecast by analysts surveyed by Factset.

In the European Union as a whole, growth also increased by 2.5 percent in 2017 and by 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter.

The data lands after the IMF last week said that the global economy is expected to expand at 3.9 percent this year and next, with higher economies logging in solid and simultaneous growth, a junction not seen since the crisis.

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