Investor confidence in Germany’s economic outlook deepened aft for a fourth month after a string of disappointing figures raised recession risks.
Europe’s economic engine, which has increasingly relied on exports to Asia was left teetering on the edge of recession in the second quarter after a 1.5% fall in industrial production in June, which is expected to be repeated in July.Output fell across the three months to June by 1.8% compared with the first quarter of the year, driven by steep drops in metal production, machinery and automobile manufacturing, the economy ministry said.
“Industry remains in an economic downturn,” the ministry said. Production in construction fell 1.1% in the second quarter while energy output dropped 5.9% in the same period.Fears that the global economy is sliding towards recession have hit financial markets .
Ralph Solveen, a Commerzbank economist, said the industrial figures supported expectations that the German economy shrank slightly in the second quarter and that manufacturing output was likely to decline in the coming months.“A look at the individual sectors shows that the crisis in the automotive sector is continuing unabated,” Solveen said, adding that car production had not recovered from the slump caused by problems associated with last year’s switch to a new emissions measurement standard. “However, the main reason for this weakness is now likely to be significantly weaker foreign demand.”
The EU and the German government forecast that the economy will grow by 0.5% this year before rebounding in 2020 to expand by 1.5%. In 2017 the German economy grew by 2.2%.