BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would push the G20 to make more progress on regulating financial markets and cracking down on tax evasion, co-opting signature policy issues of her main challenger in September’s elections.
Merkel, who confronts leftist leader Peer Steinbrueck in a TV duel on Sunday, said she wanted to urge leaders of the G20 top world economies to agree a time frame for steps towards tighter regulation of the so-called “shadow banking” sector.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German inflation eased in August and the unemployment rate stayed near its lowest level since the country reunified more than two decades ago although slightly more people were out of work due in part to a summer lull.
A solid jobs market in Europe’s largest economy combined with wage hikes and easing price pressures should help conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is hoping to win a third term in a vote on September 22.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German consumer confidence eased slightly heading into September, albeit remaining close to its highest level in nearly six years, as shoppers worried about creeping inflation.
GfK market research group said on Wednesday its forward-looking sentiment indicator, based on a survey of around 2,000 people, fell to 6.9 going in to September from 7.0 in the previous month, its highest level since before the global financial crisis.
BERLIN, Aug 28 (Reuters) – German consumer confidence eased
slightly heading into September, albeit remaining close to its
highest level in nearly six years, as shoppers worried about
GfK market research group said on Wednesday its
forward-looking sentiment indicator, based on a survey of around
2,000 people, fell to 6.9 going in to September from 7.0 in the
previous month, its highest level since before the global
BERLIN, Aug 8 (Reuters) – A rebound in Germany’s mighty
industrial sector from a weak winter has probably fuelled strong
growth in the wider economy which could help to pull the euro
zone out of recession.
If low unemployment and wage increases produce similarly
robust consumption, all bodes well for bumper GDP growth of
between 0.6 and 1 percent when second quarter figures are
published next week, economists predict.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German industry output rebounded in June, surging at its fastest pace in nearly two years, official data showed on Wednesday, in a sign the manufacturing sector is once again powering growth in Europe’s largest economy.
Coming on the heels of data showing the strongest rise in industrial orders since October, the Economy Ministry figures showed a 2.4 percent jump in output on the month, surpassing even the highest forecast in a Reuters poll of 39 economists. The consensus estimate was for a 0.3 percent gain.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The IMF warned Germany on Tuesday against being overly ambitious in consolidating its budget given risks to growth in Europe’s largest economy, which has not decoupled from the rest of the crisis-hit euro zone.
The International Monetary Fund, which kept its forecast for 0.3 percent German growth this year, said it welcomed Berlin’s modest loosening of fiscal policy to boost domestic demand. That is seen driving expansion in the traditionally export-led economy.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German joblessness unexpectedly dropped in July on a seasonally adjusted basis and the unemployment rate remained close to its lowest level since Germany reunited more than two decades ago, suggesting private consumption will continue to buoy growth.
Labour Office data showed the number of people out of work fell for the second consecutive month, easing by some 7,000 to 2.934 million in July. This compared with the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll of 29 economists for it to remain unchanged.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German business morale edged up for a third straight month in July in a sign Europe’s largest economy is picking up steam and should post modest growth in this election year, although the euro zone’s travails still weigh on the mood.
A bastion of strength in the early years of the currency bloc’s crisis, the German economy narrowly avoided recession at the start of 2013 as a worsening global outlook diminished appetite for its products and willingness to invest.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German business morale rose slightly more than expected in July, edging up for a third straight month in a sign Europe’s largest economy is picking up steam after a dismal end to last year and weak start to 2013.
The Ifo think tank said its business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 firms, rose to 106.2 in July from 105.9 in June. The reading came in just above the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll of 40 economists for a rise to 106.1.