German industrial output rose 0.3% in June from May as concerns over the Ukraine crisis weighed on the economy.
The Economy Ministry figure was lower than many economists forecast and comes after a 1.8% fall in output in May.
The ministry said that, after strong output data in the first three months of 2014, weaker growth was expected.
It comes as the European Central Bank (ECB) prepares to announce its latest interest rate decision, and a day after Italy fell back into recession.
According to the Economy Ministry, manufacturing output edged up by 0.1% and construction output rose by 1.2%.
Taking the period from April to June, industrial output fell by 1.5% compared with the preceding three months, the ministry said.
“The second quarter was weaker, as expected, after the first quarter was exceptionally strong,” the ministry said. “The positive basic trend will continue.”
However, “geopolitical developments may have had a dampening effect,” the ministry said.
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