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German imports jump, exports also strong

German imports were up 3 percent in January from December. Exports were also surprisingly strong underscoring the momentum in Europe's biggest economy

German imports were up 3 percent in January from December. Exports were also surprisingly strong underscoring the momentum in Europe's biggest economy

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How to understand Germany’s trade surplus: is it exploiting the weak euro?

Criticism of Germany’s export prowess, and accusations of currency manipulation, are just as wrong-headed as Germany’s own defense of its excessive surplus. Ultimately, Germany can serve everyone’s best interests – including its own – by reducing its surplus, and thus the harmful economic imbalances

Criticism of Germany’s export prowess, and accusations of currency manipulation, are just as wrong-headed as Germany’s own defense of its excessive surplus. Ultimately, Germany can serve everyone’s best interests – including its own – by reducing its surplus, and thus the harmful economic imbalances

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For trade, think near, think big but mostly think China: View

Germany could soon export more to China than to its crucial neighbor and partner France, and it already exports more to China than it does to Italy

Germany could soon export more to China than to its crucial neighbor and partner France, and it already exports more to China than it does to Italy

Business

Germany: inflation rises, unemployment falls

German inflation rose in February, reaching its highest level in four-and-a-half years, while unemployment fell more than expected.

German inflation rose in February, reaching its highest level in four-and-a-half years, while unemployment fell more than expected.

Business

German economy and budget surplus soar, but Merkel shuns new debt

Germany's economy grew 1.9 percent last year boosting the budget surplus hugely, but Chancellor Merkel says the country won't take on any new debt.

Germany's economy grew 1.9 percent last year boosting the budget surplus hugely, but Chancellor Merkel says the country won't take on any new debt.

Europe

Commission tells Germany to boost public investment

The European Commission says Germany’s sound public finances mean it could put more money into public investment to boost growth.

The European Commission says Germany’s sound public finances mean it could put more money into public investment to boost growth.

Business

Germany goes for gold

Germany's central bank is moving faster than planned to bring much of its gold reserves to Frankfurt from storage in places like New York and Paris.

Germany's central bank is moving faster than planned to bring much of its gold reserves to Frankfurt from storage in places like New York and Paris.

Business

German business morale weakens, but is Trump to blame?

German businesses are gloomier this month according to a survey of 7,000 firms, which may or may not be linked to Trump's protectionist comments.

German businesses are gloomier this month according to a survey of 7,000 firms, which may or may not be linked to Trump's protectionist comments.

Business

German GDP growth at five year high

Strong consumer and government spending helped Germany's economy to its strongest growth in five years in 2016.

Strong consumer and government spending helped Germany's economy to its strongest growth in five years in 2016.

News

German inflation rises sharply, unemployment falls

Inflation in Germany jumped in December - up 1.7% on the year - due to costlier energy and food while unemployment there fell more than expected.

Inflation in Germany jumped in December - up 1.7% on the year - due to costlier energy and food while unemployment there fell more than expected.

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Lufthansa pilots extend latest pay strike until Saturday

Lufthansa pilots in Germany have said they will extend strike action again until Saturday, this time targeting long-haul flights in a long-running pay dispute.

Lufthansa pilots in Germany have said they will extend strike action again until Saturday, this time targeting long-haul flights in a long-running pay dispute.

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Stop Brexit, German economic experts tell Chancellor Merkel

The best outcome of Brexit talks would be to stop Brexit, that was the advice of Germany’s council of economic experts to the Chancellor.

The best outcome of Brexit talks would be to stop Brexit, that was the advice of Germany’s council of economic experts to the Chancellor.

Business

The economic impact of Europe's refugee crisis

How do refugees make the transition from fleeing their home countries to becoming economic assets to their new host countries, such as Germany, that provide safe haven?

How do refugees make the transition from fleeing their home countries to becoming economic assets to their new host countries, such as Germany, that provide safe haven?

Business

German economic growth to slow says finance ministry

Germany's economic growth will slow in the second half of this year the finance ministry has said due to weaker foreign demand for goods.

Germany's economic growth will slow in the second half of this year the finance ministry has said due to weaker foreign demand for goods.

Business

German jobless rate falls again, retail sales data mixed

German unemployment was down again in August for the 12th straight month. Retail sales grew month-on-month in July, but declined from a year earlier.

German unemployment was down again in August for the 12th straight month. Retail sales grew month-on-month in July, but declined from a year earlier.

Business

Brexit vote effect cuts German business morale

There was a sharp deterioration in German business morale in August and expectations declined the most in sectors with relatively strong ties to the UK market.

There was a sharp deterioration in German business morale in August and expectations declined the most in sectors with relatively strong ties to the UK market.

Business

Exports keep Germany economic growth strong

Trade was the biggest factor in Germany's economy growing by 0.4 percent between April and June. as exports rose 1.2 percent. State spending and private consumption also contributed.

Trade was the biggest factor in Germany's economy growing by 0.4 percent between April and June. as exports rose 1.2 percent. State spending and private consumption also contributed.

Business

Call for 150 billion euros bailout fund for European banks

Deutsche Bank's chief economist David Folkerts-Landau wants the European Union to set up a 150 billion euro rescue fund to recapitalise European banks and address "one crisis after another".

Deutsche Bank's chief economist David Folkerts-Landau wants the European Union to set up a 150 billion euro rescue fund to recapitalise European banks and address "one crisis after another".

Business

German exports plunge in May

There was an unexpected fall in exports from Germany in May and imports barely rose, further indicators of slowing growth in Europe's largest economy.

There was an unexpected fall in exports from Germany in May and imports barely rose, further indicators of slowing growth in Europe's largest economy.

Business

Germany says Brexit changes nothing for its economy

Germany is to stick to plans for a balanced budget over the next four years with Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble saying the Brexit vote changes nothing for country's economy.

Germany is to stick to plans for a balanced budget over the next four years with Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble saying the Brexit vote changes nothing for country's economy.

Business

German debt bonds drop below zero

Yields on 10-year government debt of Germany has fallen below zero for the first time on record.

Yields on 10-year government debt of Germany has fallen below zero for the first time on record.

Business

Moody's downgrades Deutsche Bank's credit rating

Moody's has downgraded the rating on Deutsche Bank's unsecured debt. Chief Executive John Cryan said he was "very disappointed".

Moody's has downgraded the rating on Deutsche Bank's unsecured debt. Chief Executive John Cryan said he was "very disappointed".

Business

Business mood sours in Germany

German business morale unexpectedly dipped in April with company bosses worried about global economic growth hitting exports.

German business morale unexpectedly dipped in April with company bosses worried about global economic growth hitting exports.