PARIS Dec 8 France's economy will expand by 0.4 percent in the
fourth quarter, the Bank of France said on Thursday, with the central bank
reaffirming an earlier GDP growth forecast made last month, as the country's
economy slowly picks up speed.
The Bank of France added that the business sentiment indicator for the
manufacturing industry rose to 101 in November from 99 in October.
The business sentiment indicator for the services sector also increased to
100 in November from 98 in October, marking its highest reading since July 2011.
There was also a pick-up in sentiment for construction, with the business
sentiment indictor for that sector rising to 100 in November from 99 in October.
The Bank of France added that business leaders expect more marked growth in
industrial production for December, and for a further rise in December for the
services sector, albeit at a more modest pace.
For a graphic of GDP by contributions: link.reuters.com/pyx28s
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Geert Victor De Clercq)