French Business Index at Highest Since 2011 as Economy Picks Up

With cheaper oil and a weaker euro providing a boost to consumers and businesses, the International Monetary Fund predicts growth in Europe’s second-largest economy will exceed 1 percent in 2015, more than twice the pace of last year.

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An index of French factory and services output rose to its highest in almost four years this month, evidence the economy is gaining strength.

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