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Germany to escape recession and return to growth: Bundesbank

Published on Feb 18, 2013 7:24 PM

FRANKFURT (AFP) - Germany, Europe's biggest economy, will avoid recession and return to growth in the first quarter of the year after activity contracted at the end of last year, the Bundesbank said on Monday.

"As it currently looks, a plus in economic output can be expected in the first quarter of this year," the German central bank said in its February monthly report.

German gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 0.6 per cent in the last quarter of 2012. Were it to decline again in the current quarter, Germany would technically be in recession, which is defined as two quarters running of economic contraction.

But the Bundesbank joins other economic experts and observers who believe the dip in growth will prove short-lived. "For the rest of this year, the economy is expected to pick up gradually, even if the external economic environment will provide no trigger for a sharp surge in demand," it wrote.

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