A man walks past shut down stores in central Athens, on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Louisa Gouliamaki
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A slowdown in Germany weighed on the eurozone in the first quarter, but the bloc's economy still grew at its fastest in almost two years as cheap food and fuel boosted spending and a central bank stimulus program kicked in.GDP in the 19 countries sharing the euro rose 0.4 percent quarter-on-quarter for a 1.0 percent year-on-year rise – just below forecasts in a Reuters poll of economists.Germany's GDP grew 0.3 percent on the quarter, down from 0.7 percent in the previous three months and undershooting a consensus forecast of 0.5 percent in a Reuters poll.Quarterly growth in the eurozone was the strongest since the second quarter of 2013 and marked a steady acceleration over the growth rates of 2014 .
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