In view of analysts at Nordea Markets, the problems of the German car manufacturers due to difficulties with the certification of new cars hit the German economy in Q3, and the weakness has extended into the fourth quarter and seems to touch the industrial sector more broadly.
“Given that the Q3 numbers were boosted by very favourable inventory accumulation and still showed a contraction, the German economy probably fell into a technical recession in the latter half of 2018.”
“The weakness in the external outlook will burden the German economy also during the first half of this year, as illustrated by the lower confidence numbers. As a result, even if we expect to see a rebound in growth in the latter half of the year, growth for 2019 as a whole will probably end up below 1%.”
“In addition to the strong labour market and rising wages, another factor supporting growth is the loosening of fiscal policy in the forecast period.”
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