The eurozone snapped the back of the global recession in the third quarter, although with less tenacity than the U.S. economy has. Posting quarterly growth of 0.4 percent (pdf), the sixteen member states’ collectively reported GDP was supported largely by Germany and Italy with a smaller contribution from France. This number was significantly lower than the U.S. economy’s 0.9 percent quarterly growth rate and reflects some of the same underlying issues as in the U.S.: Growing inventories, higher exports, and stimulus monies helped the eurozone economy expand. But absent further strength from other portions of the economy, experts anticipate a slow recovery. The eurozone did post better numbers than the overall European Union since the United Kingdom, which contracted by 0.4 percent, has not adopted the common currency.