German industry picks up with best month in 6 years


FRANKFURT • German industry rebounded from a summer lull with its best month in six years, keeping Europe’s largest economy on a solid footing in the second half of the year.

Output, adjusted for seasonal swings and inflation, increased 2.6% from July when it fell a revised 0.1%, the Economy Ministry in Berlin said yesterday. That’s the biggest increase since July 2011 for the typically volatile gauge and compares to forecasts for a 0.9% gain. Production was up 4.7% from a year earlier.

“The data is finally catching up with some of the very positive readings we have seen in recent business surveys,” said Jennifer McKeown, chief European economist at Capital Economics in London. “Germany’s economy is on a track for a strong third quarter and given the supportive global environment and monetary policy, I don’t see much reason for any significant slowdown in growth in the second half of the year.”

The report comes after factory orders rebounded in August, rising the most since December, as exporters benefitted from global demand. The Bundesbank said the German economy will continue on its course of strong growth in the third quarter, albeit with slightly less momentum than in the first half of the year.

The euro was little changed after the data. It traded at US$1.1728 (RM4.96) at 8:45am Frankfurt time yesterday.

“Since the beginning of the year, industrial production is showing an increasingly vigorous upward trend,” the ministry said in an emailed statement.