German industrial output falls in December: ministry

7th February 2014, Comments 0 comments

German industrial production shrank in December, weighed down by falling activity in the manufacturing and energy sectors, official data showed on Friday.

Industrial output fell by 0.6 percent in December, after rising by 2.4 percent in November, the economy ministry calculated in preliminary data.

Economic activity was down by 0.5 percent and 2.6 percent respectively in the manufacturing and energy sectors, but construction output edged up by 0.5 percent, the ministry said.

Taking November and December combined to iron out short-term fluctuations, industrial output grew by 1.5 percent compared with the preceding two months, the ministry calculated.

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