Germany: Strong start to the year, subdued outlook

The German economy’s strong start to the year can largly be attributed to economic impulses coming from the domestic economy. However, positive special effects - including the rather mild winter, catch-up car purchases and expansive fiscal measures supportive of private consumption - probably helped beautify the Q1 result. 

Germany: Strong start to the year, but no reason to sound the all-clear

After a brief soft-patch, the German economy has regained a foothold and, with seasonally adjusted GDP growth of 0.4%, enjoyed a strong start to 2019. 

Eurozone: Consumer shelters economy from external woes – for now

After a bit of a dry spell in the second half of 2018, economic momentum has shifted up a gear in the Eurozone in Q1 2019 with GDP growing by 0.4% q/q.

Germany: Strong GDP growth in Q1 2019

Seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 0.5% in March compared with the previous month. The German industrial weakness has thus not yet been overcome, but the situation is at least stabilizing. 

Eurozone Q1 GDP growth: positive surprise

According to the Q1 2019 GDP flash estimate, the Eurozone grew more than expected at +0.4% q/q, accelerating from Q4 2018 (+0.2%q/q).

Germany: Close to a turning point

German business sentiment increased in March in its first monthly rise following six consecutive setbacks. 

Germany: Labor market unimpressed by near-recession

Despite the marked economic slowdown in the second half of 2018, the German labor market is proving to be robust. 

Germany: No stabilization in sight yet

German business sentiment continued its downward trend in February.

Eurozone: Weak Q1 confirmed

The PMI indexes suggest that business activity in the Eurozone is expected to remain weak in Q1 2019.