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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s economic system may shrink by round 1.5% to start with of the 12 months, the DIW analysis institute stated on Wednesday, as lockdown measures to limit coronavirus infections take a toll on Europe’s largest economic system.

DIW stated a surge in coronavirus circumstances was constraining financial development however that the pandemic’s affect was much less extreme than in final spring when manufacturing amenities got here to a standstill.

“Above all, business has come by means of the winter robustly to date,” stated DIW forecaster Claus Michelsen.

Robust exports and stable building exercise helped the German economic system to develop by a better-than-expected 0.3% within the closing quarter of final 12 months, however stricter lockdown measures at dwelling and overseas are clouding the outlook for Europe’s largest economic system.

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