LONDON — The longest-ever recession to afflict the eurozone came to an end in the second quarter of the year, official figures confirmed Wednesday.
Eurostat, the European Union's statistics office, said the 17 European Union countries that use the euro saw their collective economic output grow by 0.3 percent in the April to June period from the previous quarter.
That's the first quarterly growth since the eurozone slipped into recession in the last three months of 2011. The ensuing recession of six quarters was the longest since the euro currency was launched in 1999.
The improvement made up for the previous quarter's equivalent decline and was moderately better than the 0.2 percent anticipated in the markets.