German Growth To Slow Down in Second Quarter

German economic growth will slow in the second quarter after an unusually mild winter gave Europe’s largest economy a boost in the first three months of 2014, the Finance Ministry monthly report said on Tuesday.

The ministry said recent data suggested Germany had put in a “very strong” performance between January and March, adding that positive impetus likely came from industrial expansion and construction activity, which benefited from the mild winter.

German economic growth will slow in the second quarter after an unusually mild winter gave Europe’s largest economy a boost in the first three months of 2014, the Finance Ministry monthly report said on Tuesday.

The ministry said recent data suggested Germany had put in a “very strong” performance between January and March, adding that positive impetus likely came from industrial expansion and construction activity, which benefited from the mild winter.

“Due to the weather-related surge in economic activity in the first quarter, the seasonally-adjusted figure for the following quarter will be weaker,” the ministry said.

“But this technical effect should not be interpreted as a sign the economic pace slowing,” the ministry said, adding that the upward trend of ‘hard’ economic data and optimism among firms about the future pointed to ongoing economic expansion.

Recent data has shown industrial orders and output rising while the private sector is expanding. Though the mood among investors and businesses has worsened as the Ukraine crisis wears on, it remains relatively upbeat.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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