German GDP third-quarter growth 0.7 percent: official

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Germany's GDP grew 0.7 percent in the third quarter, the government's statistics office announced Friday, revising second-quarter growth to 2.3 percent from 2.2 percent.

The slowdown had been expected after a strong rebound in the second quarter, a 20-year record.

The global downturn hit Germany, the world's second-biggest exporter after China, especially hard as demand for its goods dried up. In 2009, it suffered the worst recession in 60 years with GDP contracting 4.7 percent.

© 2010 AFP

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