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Euro-Area Economy Left Struggling as Growth, Inflation Slow

  • Region’s GDP rose just 0.2% in second quarter, down from 0.4%
  • ECB policy makers are considering launching new stimulus boost
Rail freight containers and trucks sit idle on the railway tracks at the Deutsche Bahn AG freight terminal outside the city, as the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters is seen in the background in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014.  German train drivers are due to end their strike on Saturday evening, Nov. 8, two days earlier than first planned, after crippling rail travel across the country.
Photographer: Martin Leissl
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Economic growth in the euro area slowed dramatically in the second quarter, the latest in a string of reports flagging deteriorating economic prospects that increase the chance of more European Central Bank stimulus.