Belgian economy contracted 1.7 pct at end of 2008
Only government spending increased as a driver of the economy.
A month ago the central bank took a less pessimistic view on the state of the Belgian economy at the end of last year, estimating that it had shrunk 1.3 percent.
The deterioration was widespread across the Belgian economy, but it hit the industrial sector particularly hard. Only government spending increased as a driver of the economy.
Despite the rough end to 2008, the country eked out growth of 1.1 percent for the whole of the year, down sharply from the 2.6 percent recorded the previous year.