in Austria (5.1% to 3.8%), Malta (7.3% to 6.5%) and Germany (7.6% to 6.9%). The highest increases were registered in Latvia (13.5% to 20.1% between the first quarters of 2009 and 2010) and Lithuania (11
.7% in 2002 to 18.1% in 2009. The highest shares of part-time employment were observed in the Netherlands (47.7%), Sweden (26.0%), Germany (25.4%), Denmark (25.2%) and the United Kingdom (25.0%), and the lowest
. The average rate of output expansion in France and Germany was the fastest in almost five years, but growth outside of the big-two was only modest and weaker than in February. The relative strength of domestic
.4%) and Germany (7.9%), and the highest in Spain (43.5%) and Greece (36.1% in the fourth quarter of 2010).
As a comparison, in February 2011, the unemployment rate was 8.9% in the USA and 4.6% in Japan.
the periphery. France saw growth accelerate sharply to the fastest since September 2000 (led by the service sector), overtaking Germany, where growth remained among the strongest seen in the 13-year history