09:42 | 10/02/2016 Global Economy
France, Europe's second biggest economy, should post an economic growth of 0.4 percent in the first three months of the year, French central bank, Banque de France (BdF) said on Monday.
The Bank of France said its monthly business climate survey in January showed accelerated industrial business and improved deliveries thanks to dynamic automobile, chemicals, electrical equipment and food processing industries.
The capacity utilisation rate was almost stable at 78 percent, it added in its first quarterly growth estimate.
Based on business leaders sentiment, BdF expected industry to slow in short term.
As to services, activities reported significant performance due to sharp increase in temporary work while hotel and catering sector continued to weaken following Paris attacks in November 2015, the bank said.
Looking to February, business leaders expected "less marked increase in service sector activity", it added.
For the whole year of 2015, French government target 1.5 percent of growth./.