The euro area economy as a whole grew faster in 2015 than in the preceding years, and by the end of the year total output had reached about the same level as before the crisis. Economic growth in Estonia unfortunately slowed and was the slowest of the past six years, remaining below the long-term potential of the country. The slowdown was mainly due to the weak economic climate in several neighbouring countries and the restricted ability to export that followed from that. This left growth largely based on increased domestic consumption while both exports and corporate investment declined.
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