29 February 2012 15:53 [Source: ICIS news]
DIW said its assessments of
Even though industrial production is expected to pick up, it will likely reach only a level of just above the 2011 fourth quarter, the institute said.
It expects Europe's largest economy to register more perceptible growth rates, beginning in spring, it said.
DIW added that companies were relatively optimistic in their outlook for Germany. One positive factor was relatively strong German employment, which should translate into increased consumer spending, it said.
In a related report on Wednesday, the country’s federal employment agency said that jobs markets continued to develop positively in February, despite the current economic weakness.
The number of unemployed rose by 26,000 to 3.11m in February from January, for an unemployment rate of 7.4%, up 0.1 percentage points, the agency said.
Compared with February 2011, unemployment was down by 203,000.
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