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French consumer sentiment slightly improves in Dec.

English.news.cn   2014-01-07 21:19:10            

PARIS, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- At the end of December 2013, French consumer confidence recovered slightly as people became more optimistic over the country's economic prospects and expressed less concerns on unemployment, the French national statistics institute Insee said Tuesday.

Insee data showed consumer confidence rose by one point to 85 in December from a month earlier with economic situation outlook moving up to minus 49, up by four points.

As for their financial situation outlook, households' appreciation inched down to minus 20. However, more of them thought it was suitable to make major purchases, according to the report.

After rising by 15 points to 58 in November, the unemployment indicator declined to 48 in December. However, it still stood above its long term average, Insee noted.

Suffering a setback at home and increasingly concerned about his ability to revive growth and cut joblessness, French President Francois Hollande vowed to boost the country's gross domestic product enough to create millions of jobs this year.

Editor: Yang Yi
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