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German industrial production rises on construction gains

The European Central Bank, left, and other banks and office buildings are seen in Frankfurt, Germany, before sunrise on Friday, March 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
April 05, 2019 - 1:53 AM

BERLIN - German industrial production rose unexpectedly in February, driven by strong growth in the construction sector.

The Federal Statistical Office reported Friday industrial production rose 0.7 per cent over January, beating economists' expectations of a 0.5 per cent rise, in seasonally and calendar adjusted figures.

Industrial orders, reported Thursday, fell a strong 4.2 per cent in February and ING economist Carsten Brzeski says the industrial production figures look bad when excluding a 6.8 per cent construction sector increase.

The "data do not bring relief for industry, only for the economy as total," he said in a research note.

He says "Brexit woes and the global slowdown have a stranglehold over German industry" but the sector's struggles can only partially be explained by external factors and that it's too early to say what direction it's heading.

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