Germany's recession at an end

GERMANY - Economic growth has returned to Europe's biggest economy, Germany after six months of recession.

The news comes ahead of figures due out on Friday which are expected to show that the French recovery is well underway too.

The German and French economies account for about half the output of the eurozone.

The German economy grew 0.2% in the first three months of 2002, mainly thanks to a strong rise in exports, the Germany's Federal Statistical Office said.

"These are the first

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