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Apr 4, 2014

German industry orders rise in February, point to strong first-quarter

BERLIN (Reuters) – Domestic demand drove a stronger-than-expected 0.6 percent rise in German industrial orders in February, Economy Ministry data showed on Friday, marking the fourth consecutive monthly gain and underscoring the pickup in Germany’s mighty industry.

The increase in seasonally-adjusted orders beat the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll of 32 economists for a rise of 0.1 percent. The gain in January orders was revised downwards to 0.1 percent from an originally reported 1.2 percent.

Apr 4, 2014

German industry orders rise in Feb, point to strong Q1

BERLIN, April 4 (Reuters) – Domestic demand drove a
stronger-than-expected 0.6 percent rise in German industrial
orders in February, Economy Ministry data showed on Friday,
marking the fourth consecutive monthly gain and underscoring the
pickup in Germany’s mighty industry.

The increase in seasonally-adjusted orders beat the
consensus forecast in a Reuters poll of 32 economists for a rise
of 0.1 percent. The gain in January orders was revised downwards
to 0.1 percent from an originally reported 1.2 percent.

Apr 3, 2014

Berlin unveils new Ai Weiwei exhibition, but artist can’t attend

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s biggest solo show, featuring a reproduction of the white cell where Chinese authorities held him for 81 days, was unveiled on Wednesday in Berlin without Ai in attendance because the government still holds his passport.

“Ai Weiwei – Evidence”, which sprawls across 18 rooms at the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum, is a deeply political exhibition of the artist’s conceptual art. It opens on Thursday, exactly three years after he was arrested and held in detention.

Apr 2, 2014

New Ai Weiwei exhibition unveiled in Berlin but artist can’t attend

BERLIN, April 2 (Reuters) – Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s
biggest solo show, featuring a reproduction of the white cell
where he was held for 81 days by Chinese authorities, was
unveiled on Wednesday in Berlin without Ai in attendance because
the government still has his passport.

“Ai Weiwei – Evidence”, which sprawls through 18 rooms at
the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum, is a deeply political exhibition
of his conceptual art. It opens on Thursday, exactly three years
after he was arrested and held in detention.

Mar 31, 2014

German retail sales unexpectedly jump, point to strong Q1

BERLIN, March 31 (Reuters) – German retail sales
unexpectedly jumped in February, data showed on Monday, marking
the second consecutive monthly increase and pointing to a strong
rise for the quarter that would boost overall growth in Europe’s
largest economy.

Data from the Federal Statistics Office showed retail sales
rose 1.3 percent in real terms on the month, beating even the
highest forecast in a Reuters poll of economists for a gain of
0.8 percent. The consensus forecast was for a 0.5 percent fall.

Mar 28, 2014

Weak German price data heightens ECB’s deflation dilemma

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, March 28 (Reuters) – A key measure of
German inflation unexpectedly dropped in March, raising pressure
on the European Central Bank to stop any drift toward deflation
in the euro zone.

Germany’s harmonised index of consumer prices (HICP) – a big
component of the inflation measure tracked by the ECB – showed
inflation slowing to 0.9 percent on the year, undershooting the
consensus forecast in a Reuters poll of economists for it to
hold steady at 1.0 percent.

Mar 27, 2014

Pledge to return Nazi-looted art welcomed, but with skepticism

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German recluse’s pledge to give his billion-dollar hoard of Nazi-looted artworks back to their rightful owners was welcomed on Thursday but also met with skepticism about how it would work in practice and whether all of it would actually be returned.

The legal custodian of Cornelius Gurlitt, who inherited the paintings drawings and sculptures from his father, said on Wednesday his client would return all works looted by the Nazis to their owners or owners’ descendants.

Mar 20, 2014

German “wise men” hike growth f’cast, say Ukraine crisis a risk

BERLIN, March 20 (Reuters) – Germany’s “wise men” council of
economic advisers on Thursday hiked their forecast for 2014
growth in Europe’s largest economy to 1.9 percent from a
November estimate of 1.6 percent on the back of a strong start
to the year.

The panel, which advises the government on economic policy,
said the biggest risk to global growth was the conflict in
Ukraine. While Ukraine’s economy was of relatively little
importance, Russia’s was, especially as a key energy exporter.

Mar 11, 2014

German exports, imports surge at fastest pace in nearly 2 years

BERLIN, March 11 (Reuters) – German exports and imports
surged in January at the fastest pace in nearly two years, data
showed on Tuesday, adding to signs that Europe’s largest economy
started the year on a strong footing and is on track to robust
growth.

Data from the Federal Statistics Office showed
seasonally-adjusted exports up 2.2 percent in January, well
above a consensus forecast for a rise of 1.4 percent. Shipments
abroad had fallen 0.9 percent in December.

Feb 14, 2014

German, French growth creeps above forecasts in last months of 2013

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – Economic growth in Germany and France, the euro zone’s two largest economies, marginally exceeded expectations in the fourth quarter and offered hope of a more robust 2014.

The euro zone number is due at 1000 GMT and forecast to show quarterly growth of 0.2 percent. Given the performance of its biggest constituent parts, that could be exceeded.

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