Europe’s top economies falter as new virus clouds outlook

Frankfurt am Main (AFP) – Tumbling industrial production in Germany and France in December rounded off a year blighted by trade war tensions for Europe’s top economies, official data showed Friday, while the novel coronavirus outbreak threatens hopes of a 2020 revival.Growth in both nations sputtered in 2019, with output actually shrinking for Germany in the April-June quarter and for France in October-December.German growth overall slowed from 1.5 percent in 2018 to just 0.6 percent in 2019, according to preliminary data, while France did better but still slipped from 1.7 to 1.2 percent.In De…

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