French minister plays down consumer spending slide

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PARIS, June 25 (Reuters) - French consumer affairs minister Renaud Dutreil said on Wednesday a tumble in household spending figures for May was largely due to the impact of a string of labour strikes and also to numerous public holidays. "There was a drop in May but this can be largely put down to special factors -- firstly there were many public holidays and above all there were strikes that disrupted consumption," he told reporters. Dutreil, a junior minister with responsibility for ...

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