More evidence of economic weakness in the eurozone has come from the latest retail sales figures and a survey of business growth.
Retail sales in the 18-nation bloc fell 1.3% in September from August, official data from the Eurostat statistics agency showed.
Meanwhile, growth was minimal across all sectors, according to the latest Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index.
European policymakers have been introducing measures to boost growth.
The Eurostat figures show that Germany, traditionally the driver of eurozone growth, suffered the biggest fall in retail sales, down 3.2% for the month.
The next biggest fall was in Portugal, down 2.5%.
Rises in retail sales came only in smaller eurozone countries, such as Malta, Luxembourg and Austria.
Eurostat also revised down the August monthly rise to 0.9% from the previously reported 1.2%.