German Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schaeuble attends the European Banking Congress (EBC) in Frankfurt. Photograph: Boris Roessler/EPA

A sharp rise in private consumption more than compensated for stubborn weakness in investment, helping the German economy post modest growth in the th(...)

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble says confidence is central to economic growth after drop in German retail spending. Picture: Reuters

German retail sales for September posted the largest monthly decline in over seven years, according to data released today.The results show the countr(...)

General view of the container terminal “Burchardkai” of the Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) in the harbour of Hamburg

German exports slumped by 5.8 per cent in August, their biggest fall since the height of the global financial crisis in January 2009, in yet another s(...)

 The containership ‘Corte Real’ unloads and loads at the container port in Hamburg.

While the rest of Europe looked nervously at Germany’s second-quarter GDP drop yesterday, Germans were uncharacteristically cheery.Yes, the economy s(...)

The German national flag flies beside the River Alster in Hamburg. The German economy suffered a surprise contraction in the second quarter, its first in more than a year. Photo: Bloomberg

Euro zone economic growth ground to a halt in the second quarter as Germany’s economy shrank and France’s stagnated. The zero growth reported by stati(...)

Employees work underneath the chassis of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class automobile as it moves along the production line at the Daimler AG Mercedes-Benz factory in Sindelfingen, Germany. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

German industrial orders fell in May for the first time in two months and more sharply than expected due to a perceived increase in geopolitical risk,(...)

General view of the container terminal “Burchardkai” of the Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) in the harbour of Hamburg

German exports rose at their strongest pace in nearly two years in April, widening the trade surplus in Europe’s largest economy, data showed on Frida(...)

General view of the container terminal “Burchardkai” of the Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) in the harbour of Hamburg. German economic growth doubled to the fastest rate in three years in the first three months of 2014

Germany’s economy grew at its fastest rate in three years in the first quarter, driven by domestic factors, while a leading indicator of sentiment sig(...)

Shoppers are seen reflected as the O2 company logo, part of Telefonica SA, sits on display outside a mobile phone store in Dusseldorf, Germany. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The euro zone’s fragile economic recovery has suffered a setback with new figures showing weaker-than-expected growth.The European Union’s statistics(...)

Imports dipped 0.9 per cent in Germany in March, new figures show

German exports posted their biggest fall in nearly a year in March and imports also fell, narrowing the trade surplus in Europe’s largest economy and (...)