Eurozone Falls Back Into Recession

GDP falls for the second quarter in a row
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2012 12:11 PM CST
In this July 31, 2012 file photo the euro sculpture stands in front of the headquarters of the European Central Bank, ECB, in Frankfurt, Germany.   (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

(Newser) – The eurozone officially has a double-dip recession on its hands. The 17-nation euro bloc fell into that second dip in the third quarter, with GDP falling 0.1%, the European Union's statistics office announced today. Since that marks its second straight quarter of decline—it was down 0.2% in the second quarter—it's officially a recession.

But economists had widely predicted the decline, Bloomberg reports, and some were surprised it wasn't any worse. "Overall I think it’s remarkable that we haven’t seen … a stronger decrease in economic activity considering the strength of the eurozone debt crisis," one economist said. And some of the eurozone's stronger economies are still in the black; German GDP rose 0.2%, as did France's, rebounding from a 0.1% decrease last quarter. (Read more eurozone stories.)

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