February 4, 2019 / 9:59 AM / 4 months ago

ECB's Nowotny says euro zone is not facing recession

Ewald Nowotny, Governor of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank delivers a speech during Lamfalussy Lectures Conference in Budapest, Hungary, February 4, 2019. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Growth uncertainty in the euro zone has increased, particularly with poor data coming from Germany but the economy is going through a slowdown and not facing a recession, European Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny said on Monday.

“I expect that we’ll be able to overcome these negative influences,” Nowotny told reporters on the sidelines of a conference. “There is no perspective of a recession.”

Speaking about inflation, Nowotny said there were even positive signs for underlying price growth due to wage increases.

Reporting by Balazs Koranyi

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