German Industrial Output Drops 4% in August

Germany’s economic ministry said industrial production shrank 4% in August adding to the growing picture of a struggling economy.

The fall was the biggest since early 2009 and was far sharper than the 1.5% drop expected.

Weak demand for goods in both the eurozone and China, and disruption to trade with important trading partner Russia, are holding back orders.

On Monday, figures showed factory orders were down 5.7% in August.

The fall in production came in sharp contrast to the rise of 1.6% recorded in July, although that was revised down from the initial estimate of 1.9%.

via BBC

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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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