Europe’s Mixed Economic Fortunes Complicate Path for Stimulus

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PARIS—Europe’s economies displayed mixed fortunes in the first three months of the year, injecting a fresh source of uncertainty as central banks consider further steps to withdraw crisis-era stimulus.

Figures released Friday on gross domestic product—the broadest measure of the goods and services produced in an economy—recorded sharp slowdowns in France and the U.K. But Spain produced steadily strong growth, while Austria and Belgium slowed only slightly.