The growth in real GDP of the countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in the first quarter of 2018 slowed to 0.5% compared with the 0.6% rise in the previous quarter. Among the G7 countries, growth slowdown was registered in France from 0.7% to 0.3%, in Germany - from 0.6% to 0.3%, in the USA - from 0.7% to 0.6%. Japan's GDP fell by 0.2% after rising 0.1% in the previous quarter. The states of the European Union increased the economy in the first quarter by 0.4%, compared to an increase of 0.6% in the fourth quarter of 2017. Relative to the same period last year, GDP growth in OECD countries in the first quarter of this year was 2.6%, slowing from 2.7% in the previous quarter.
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