Thu. Jan 21st, 2021

Germany avoids recession with surprise return to growth – business live

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, including German growth figures

11.22am GMT

European Central Bank’s Vice President Luis De Guindos has predicted there’s a “very low” risk of a eurozone recession, now that Germany has returned to growth.

However, he also fears that growth could remain below potential, unless governments step up and do more.

De Guindos made the comments after data showed the euro zone’s largest economy, Germany, narrowly avoided falling into a technical recession of two consecutive quarters of economic shrinkage.

Europe was in a place where growth remained “below potential” De Guindos said at a BNP Paribas banking conference, adding that the ECB needed “to pay close attention” to the situation.

11.19am GMT

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