Eurozone economic growth lost momentum in the first three months of 2014, official figures show, with the growth rate unchanged from the previous quarter at 0.2%.
That was weaker than many economists had expected.
German growth picked up pace, with the economy expanding by 0.8%.
But France and Italy disappointed. The French economy failed to grow, while Italy’s contracted by 0.1%, having only just emerged from recession last year.
Spain’s economy grew by 0.4% in the first quarter.
Commenting on the eurozone figures, Chris Williamson from the economic research group Markit, said: “Although the economy has now grown for four consecutive quarters, the pace has failed to accelerate to anything other than lacklustre over this period.”
“The data therefore add to the likelihood of the ECB taking action at its June meeting to inject more stimulus into the economy,” he added.
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