File - General view of the container terminal "Burchardkai" of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) in the harbour of Hamburg in this October 17, 2012. (REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer)
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Slightly stronger-than-expected growth in Germany and France pushed the eurozone's recovery up a gear in the fourth quarter and offered potential for a more robust 2014, albeit with risks.Data Friday showed the eurozone economy rose by 0.3 percent in the three months to December compared with the previous quarter. A positive signal was that for the first time in almost three years all of the six largest eurozone economies recorded quarterly expansions.Germany, Europe's largest economy, saw its growth accelerating to 0.4 percent on the quarter thanks to a rise in exports and capital investment, up from 0.3 percent in the previous three months.The French economy expanded by 0.3 percent and statistics office INSEE revised up the third quarter figure to flat from 0.1 percent.The government now expects growth this year of close to 1 percent, compared with an official forecast of 0.7 percent.
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