German economy grew by 0.4% in final quarter of 2016

Rise in state spending, private consumption offset drag from foreign trade

The German economy grew by 0.4 per cent in the final quarter of 2016, the Federal Statistics Office said on Tuesday, with increased state spending, higher private consumption and construction more than offsetting a drag from foreign trade.

The GDP growth figure for the final three months of 2016 was slightly weaker than the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll of 0.5 per cent.

The overall growth rate for 2016 was confirmed at 1.9 per cent, which was the strongest rate in half a decade.

Unadjusted data showed the economy grew by 1.2 per cent on the year in the fourth quarter, falling short of the consensus forecast for 1.7 per cent growth.


The quarterly growth rate for the third quarter was revised down to 0.1 per cent from 0.2 per cent and the rate for the second quarter was revised up to 0.5 per cent from 0.4 per cent.