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The gross domestic product of the 17-nation euro zone grew at an annualized rate of about 1.2 percent in the second quarter. It is certainly not clear, based on only three months of data, that Europe's recession has ended. But it is further evidence that the older engines of growth are revving into gear as the most recent sources of growth have been slowing down.
"The general proposition for much of the last generation has been that emerging markets grow faster. That's what's changed," said Neal Soss, the chief economist at Credit Suisse.
"The acceleration such as it is happening is in the first-world economy rather than the emerging markets."
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