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German economy stagnates in the fourth quarter

Europe’s largest economy stagnated in the fourth quarter as an inventory slump wiped out support from consumption and investment, and business sentiment suggests the weak phase will continue.

Confidence in the economy slid in February to the lowest level in four years after data confirmed Germany just barely avoided a recession. Growth components painted a more upbeat picture – hinting at a pickup in the coming months. Consumer spending, capital investment and public spending all rose in the quarter. Source The Irish Times

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