Highest Growth in Nearly Three Years in Germany

Growth in Germany’s private sector picked up in February to reach its highest level in nearly three years, driven by humming factories, a survey showed on Tuesday, pointing to a strong first quarter in Europe’s biggest economy.

Markit’s flash composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), rose to 56.1 from 54.8 in January. The index tracks activity in manufacturing and services, which account for more than two-thirds of the German economy.

The reading, comfortably above the 50 line that separates growth from contraction, marked a 34-month high and came in much better than the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll of 54.7.

Reuters

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.