7 August 2009
German exports rose seven percent in June compared with the previous month - the biggest rise in nearly three years - fuelling hopes that Europe's largest economy may be reviving.
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The German economy is highly dependent on exports. It's been badly hit by the slump in world trade. But recent data suggests Europe's largest economy is bouncing back, and that - given Germany's importance as a trading nation - is a sign of recovery in the global economy.
It's not just German exports that have revived. Manufacturing output has risen sharply for two consecutive months, and surveys of business and consumer confidence point to brighter times, although in June exports were still a fifth below the previous year's level.
Mark Gregory, BBC News
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- is highly dependent on
is very much linked to, relies a lot on
- badly hit
here, deep economic recession, economic collapse
- bouncing back
recovering, reviving, improving
- manufacturing output
production of goods in large quantities
coming/happening one after the other
quick studies of a particular event, phenomenon or characteristic, usually based on questionnaires that people are asked to give their responses to
- point to brighter times
here, indicate that the economic situation will improve