Gross domestic product increased 1.1%, at an annualized rate, during the fourth quarter, the European Union's statistics office said, the third straight quarter of growth. GDP was up 0.3% on the quarter on a non-annualized basis.
The expansion was led by Europe's largest economy, Germany, which benefited from a rise in exports. Economic growth extended to struggling parts of the euro bloc including France, Spain and Italy.
Still, the recovery is behind those in other key industrialized economies including the U.S., U.K. and Japan. Growth in the euro zone remains far below the rates that typically occur after recessions, raising doubts whether the region will be able to make a dent in high joblessness and generate enough output to ease debt burdens in southern Europe