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French trade deficit widened in June compared to May

French trade deficit widened in June compared to May
Shipping containers sit stacked in the Port of Le Havre, France, May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier -
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PARIS (Reuters) – France’s trade deficit widened to stand at 5.2 billion euros (£4.7 billion) in June, compared to 3.3 billion euros in May, due to a decline in the level of exports, according to official data published on Wednesday.

The widening in the deficit follows data last month which showed that France, the euro zone’s second-biggest economy, had suffered a slight slowdown in economic growth during the second quarter.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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