Rise in German Production Boosts Hopes of Economic Upturn

10 July 2001

Better-than-expected industrial production data released yesterday suggest that the German economy may be emerging from its downturn.

The Eurozone’s largest economy saw production rise 0.9% in May, ahead both of April’s 1.4% decline and analysts’ expectations of flat growth.

Spurring the uplift was a 5.6% expansion in construction sector output, far ahead of manufacturing’s 0.4% increase.

However, analysts warned against unguarded optimism. A rise in gross domestic product is not anticipated before the end of the year, while the positive month-on-month figures mask more negative comparisons with the same period last year.

News source: Financial Times