German factory orders raise economic hopes

Steel plant German industrial output rose 4.6% in July despite concerns over the Ukraine crisis, the economy ministry said.

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The strongest monthly rise in German industrial output in over a year is an 'encouraging signal' for the economy, Germany's statistics agency has said.

German industrial output rose 4.6% in July despite concerns over the Ukraine crisis, Destatis said.

The economy ministry figure was much higher than many economists had forecast, and comes after a 2.7% fall in output in June.

Foreign orders made up the bulk of the rise in demand, the ministry added.

Domestic orders increased 1.7% and foreign orders rose by 6.9% in the month.

The rise in industrial orders contrasts with figures last month from the economy ministry showing that the economy shrank in the second quarter by 0.2%.

Following those weak figures, the government warned that the German economy had been "losing momentum".

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