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German economy grows by 0.4% in second quarter: data

[FRANKFURT] The German economy, Europe's biggest, grew by 0.4 per cent in the second quarter of 2015, fractionally faster than in the preceding three months, but slightly short of analyst expectations, official data showed on Friday.

German gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.4 per cent in the period from April to June, up from 0.3 per cent in the first quarter, the federal statistics office Destatis said in a flash estimate.

Analysts had been projecting marginally stronger growth of 0.5 per cent for the second quarter.

"The German economy continued along its positive growth path," the statisticians said.

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"Positive impulses came primarily from foreign trade. Exports grew a lot faster than imports thanks to the weak euro, with goods exports in particular growing strongly." But consumer spending and government spending also increased.

Weak investment, on the other hand, weighed on growth, Destatis added.

On a 12-month basis, GDP growth stood at 1.6 per cent in the second quarter compared with 1.2 per cent in the first quarter, it said.