linked to disappointing sales.
The rate of expansion slowed sharply in Germany, easing for the fourth month from January's four-and-a-half-year high, while a more modest slowing was seen in France from
are actually alive."
In view of further bailout funds from the EU and the IMF, the Head of a business lobby in Germany's ruling CDU party, Kurt Lauk, commented to business daily Handelsblatt "
of expansion across both sectors slowed in both Germany and France, dropping especially sharply in the former. Germany saw the weakest rate of growth in two years, while French growth was the slowest since
, ULCs rose in Finland (+0.9%), Germany (+1.4%) and Italy (+0.6%), but fell in Slovenia (-0.1%) and Spain (-0.1%). Outside Europe, ULCs rose in Australia (+0.4%) and Canada (+0.8%), but fell in Korea (-0
falling for the first time since August 2009. In both cases, the declines contrast markedly with strong rates of growth in early-2011.
Output growth slowed to near-stagnation in both Germany and France
%), the Czech Republic and Luxembourg (both 10%).
The EU27 includes Belgium (BE), Bulgaria (BG), the Czech Republic (CZ), Denmark (DK), Germany (DE), Estonia (EE), Ireland (IE), Greece (EL), Spain (ES), France