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Europe struck by growth slowdown

Two of the eurozone's biggest economies have fallen into recession, according to the latest economic figures.

Italy and the Netherlands both saw their economies shrink by 0.7% in the fourth quarter, the second consecutive quarter of economic contraction.

But in France there was surprise growth of 0.2% at the end of last year, attributed to healthy export growth.

The BBC's Economic Correspondent Andrew Walker reports.

  • 16 Feb 2012
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