By William Horobin

PARIS--French consumer spending rose more than expected in October, statistics showed Tuesday, indicating a strengthening of the eurozone's second-largest economy at the start of the final quarter after a soft patch over the summer.

Consumer spending--the main driver of the French economy--rose 0.9% on the month in October and was 1.5% higher on year, driven by a rebound in spending on home furnishings, clothing and energy. Analysts polled by the Wall Street Journal had forecast 0.4% growth compared with the previous quarter and 1.3% on year.

The firmer consumer spending comes after the French economy contracted in the second quarter of the year and eked out only 0.2% quarter-on-quarter growth in the third quarter, weighed by the impact of labor strikes in the spring and slowing tourist trade after a string of terror attacks.

Insee revised its measure of consumer spending in September down to -0.4% on month from -0.2%. But the statistics agency kept its measure of economic growth in the third quarter unchanged.

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

November 29, 2016 03:07 ET (08:07 GMT)

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