BERLIN - Agence France-Presse
Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, is still growing but the outlook is becoming increasingly clouded by “substantial risks” from the debt crisis, the economy ministry warned on Aug. 10.
“In a difficult European environment, the German
economy is continuing to show itself to be fairly robust,” the ministry said in its latest monthly report. Gross domestic product (GDP) “is expected to have expanded moderately again in the second quarter, as suggested by the available indicators for private consumption and external trade,” it said. “Nevertheless, following the strong growth seen in the first quarter, the momentum will have slowed noticeably given the weaker international trend. The debt crisis in a number of euro area countries is continuing to weigh, fuelling uncertainty,” the report continued.
“The further outlook for the German
economy will remain cautious for the time being and is burdened by substantial risks.” While many of Germany’s eurozone partners are in recession, the bloc’s economic powerhouse notched up growth of 0.5 percent in the first three months of this year. But with much of Europe
in the doldrums, German
exports, too, are beginning to falter and some analysts believe the economy as a whole could have ground to a halt in the second quarter.
Official second-quarter GDP figures are scheduled to be published next week.