FRANKFURT, Germany | Germany barely avoids recession with zero growth

FRANKFURT, Germany | Germany barely avoids recession with zero growth

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany narrowly avoided a recession in the fourth quarter, reporting no growth as foreign trade made little contribution to Europe‘s largest economy.

The result was weaker than the 0.1 percent growth expected by market analysts and added to negative signs piling up about the 19-country eurozone economy.

The lackluster figure released Thursday by the state statistics agency followed a 0.2 percent fall in output during the preceding third quarter.

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