The German economy is moving sideways. After the slight decline in economic output in the third quarter, real gross domestic product in the final quarter of 2018, increased only slightly by 0.02% in seasonally adjusted terms compared with the previous quarter.
Industrial production rose only slightly in December with a plus of 0.2% compared to the previous month. On average in the fourth quarter, production thus fell sharply by 1.6% compared with the third quarter.
The financial assets of German households – despite significant losses in the last quarter – will remain above the 6 trillion mark in 2018, but only just: by the end of the year they should be around EUR 6,010 bn.
Seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by only 0.2% in September compared with the previous month. On average in the third quarter, production was thus 0.9% below the level of the second quarter. It last recorded a similarly weak development in the second quarter of 2014.