Bank of France raises growth forecast for Q1 2001

The Bank of France raised its forecast for first-quarter economic growth in 2001 after its latest survey of business sentiment pointed to a rosier outlook than the bank had anticipated previously. The central bank raised its forecast for first-quarter growth in France to 0.7%, from 0.6%, after its January 2001 sentiment survey found businesses confident of sustaining growth over the next three months amid talk of a global slowdown. In a statement on Feb 14, the bank said its revised forecast