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Growth strong in UK, slips in Japan, eurozone stable: OECD

PARIS--Leading economies are showing a steady growth trend overall, although Britain is doing particularly well and Japan and Germany are showing signs of losing pace, the OECD said on Monday.

The eurozone as a whole, and France, are on a stable growth path, the latest OECD data showed, contrasting with several recent indicators suggesting that France is lagging in the 18-member single-currency zone.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, grouping 34 advanced democracies, said that its index of leading indicators for “the United States and Canada also continue to point to stable growth momentum.”

This was also the case for Britain, a member of the European Union but not of the eurozone, “where growth momentum remains above-trend rates,” the OECD's monthly index showed.

There were signs of a blip in Japanese growth, but this “probably reflects one-off factors,” the OECD said.

The figures for Germany, the leading eurozone country, suggested that growth was losing its vigor, whereas in Italy the data continues to indicate a positive growth momentum.”

The OECD index is regarded as a reliable pointer to turning points in economic activity relative to trends.

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