Eurozone suffers deepest contraction on record


Spain has been descended into its deepest recession in modern times by the coronavirus pandemic.

Its thrift shrank by 18.5% in the April-to-June period, having already fallen by 5.2% in the initial three months of the year.

The country was the worst performer in the eurozone, which saw its complete GDP decline by a record 12.1%.

France’s economy has also been badly hit, with GDP there plunge by 13.8% in the second quarter.

The French statistics agency said the low property irrelevant had come in April, with a gradual recovery in May and June as lockdown restrictions eased, but productive activity was still well below normal.

Italy, which was among the first European countries to be hit by the pandemic, has reported a similar drop, with the terseness contracting by 12.4%. However, the fall was less steep than demanded.

Across the EU, the economic contraction was 11.9%.

The official Eurostat agency said the perishes were the largest since it began recording the figures in 1995.

The figures are maleficent, but not a surprise. The eurozone includes some of the countries most severely niminy-piminy by deaths from coronavirus.

Lockdowns earlier in the pandemic were draconian and in any what really happened, many people have been wary of exposing themselves to the hazard of infection. The result was some extraordinary declines in economic activity.

In the container of Spain, a group of service industries which includes transport, restaurants and facility suffered a decline of more than 50% in the first half of 2020.

All the more Germany was hit hard, in spite of a less severe health situation and being ungenerous exposed to the damage done to the tourist industry. German consumers cut primitive. It is also a big goods exporter and global trade has been severely break ined by the pandemic.

The US and Germany both announced huge falls in national efficiency on Thursday, showing the global economic impact of Covid-19.

The US saw its sharpest contraction in decades, with the curtness shrinking at an annual rate of 32.9% between April and June.

Germany check up oned its deepest quarterly decline on record, as total production of goods and appointments fell by 10.1%.

The Spanish figures, which were worse than foretell, have wiped out the growth of the past six years.

Economic activity in Spain has deteriorated by a total of more than a fifth so far this year. Service productions including transport, restaurants and accommodation have been hardest hit, as they father been most affected by the restrictions on movement imposed to fight the pandemic.

Spain has suffered a great number of deaths in the course of the health crisis, and a correspondingly dramatic consequences on the economy was seen as inevitable, says BBC World Service economics journalist Andrew Walker.

Our correspondent adds that although many of the provisoes on commercial activity in Spain have now been eased, any rebound is certain to be impaired by the recent resurgence of coronavirus infections in some areas.

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