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Germany stagnates in Q4 on slowdown in spending, exports

Germany stagnates in Q4 on slowdown in spending, exports

The German economy unexpectedly stagnated in the last quarter of 2019 on slowdown in both spending and exports, preliminary GDP figures released on Friday showed.

Europe's biggest economy recorded no growth in the October-December quarter, yet the third-quarter figures were revised up to 0.2 percent growth from 0.1 percent. Analysts had estimated a growth of 0.1 percent. In 2019 as a whole, Germany expanded only 0.6 percent.

"After a very strong third quarter, the final consumption expenditure of both households and government slowed down markedly. Trends diverged for fixed capital formation," said Destatis, Germany’s statistics body.

The US-China trade war, slowdown in the euro area and changes in the auto industry all weighed on the growth pace in Germany.

Later in the day, the euro area's flash GDP may signal a 0.1 percent growth in the fourth quarter.

As of 07:47 GMT, the euro hit another record low versus the U.S. dollar to trade at 1.0842 after hitting a bottom of 1.0827, the lowest since April 2017.

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