The eurozone has finally emerged from recession following an unprecedented 18 months of economic contraction. Its GDP grew by 0.3% in the second quarter of 2013.
The expected growth follows news that the German economy rose 0.7% between April and June. Germany and France both posted stronger-than-expected growth, expanding 0.7% and 0.5% respectively. Portugal showed the fastest growth, at 1.1%.
The country was one of three that had to take a multi-billion-euro bailout but has recently seen its fortunes take a turn for the better. Not all bloc countries fared quite so well. Italy and the Netherlands both saw output drop by 0.2%.
Spain, saw its economic output fall by 0.1% over the quarter.