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French Economy Contracts Less Than Expected In Q4 With -1.3% Slump

By Dayeeta Das
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The French economy lurched back into contraction in the final quarter of last year but not as much as expected after the country faced a second coronavirus lockdown, official data released on Friday showed.

The euro zone's second-biggest economy shrank 1.3% in the final three months of last year after surging 18.5% in the previous quarter, when it staged an unprecedented rebound following a first lockdown, the INSEE stats agency said.

The result exceeded expectations for a 4% slump on average in a Reuters poll of 28 economists with estimates ranging from -1.4% to -5.3%.

It also meant that for the whole of 2020 the economy contracted 8.3%, better than the -11% the government had forecast in its budget plans.

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