The Eurozone economy has grown at a faster rate of 0.8% in Q1, thanks to a strong performance from Germany, surpassing analyst expectations and helping buoy confidence in the European economy.
The Eurozone economy has grown by 0.8% in the first quarter of 2011, driven by unusually strong growth from Germany offsetting weaker performance in other areas of the region.
The German economy grew by 1.5% over the three-month period, despite weak performance in Spain, and even continuing recession in Portugal, sparking concerns that regional growth may level out over the remainder of the year.
Alongside Germany, the debt-ridden Greek economy saw a surprise return to growth, posting a 0.8% growth rate over the period, helping to shore up the average growth figures for the region.
While Germany continues to enjoy a robust recovery, the underlying economic problems throughout the Eurozone will continue to undermine confidence for investors and consumers alike, with fears over spiraling debts and the need for future bailouts suppressing the medium-term economic outlook.
While the figures represent an unexpectedly good period for the 17-nation Eurozone economy, some prominent analysts have suggested that growth will even out, and will continue to be restricted for the foreseeable future as the weaker Eurozone economies struggle to recover.