Spanish economy slips back into recession30/04/2012 - 09:07:28
Spain’s National Statistics Institute confirmed today that the country’s economy shrank 0.4% in the first quarter, placing it back in recession.
The contraction follows a 0.3% decline in the final quarter of last year. This is Spain’s second recession in three years.
Two consecutive quarters of economic contraction are seen as constituting a technical recession.
The institute’s findings confirm figures advanced by the Bank of Spain last week.
It comes days after Spain had its debt rating downgraded by Standard & Poor’s.
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