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.
After the strong improvement in sentiment in August, the expected counter-movement in September was significantly lower than expected. Good news came from the manufacturing sector, where expectations were on a seven-month high. We expect solid economic growth in the second half of 2018, despite continuing high uncertainty.
The number of unemployed fell by 8,000 in August compared to the previous month on a seasonally adjusted basis. The basic trend thus remains clearly positive. However, the momentum has weakened somewhat recently.
The German economy picked up some momentum again in the second quarter. Real gross domestic product increased by 0.5% seasonally adjusted compared to the previous quarter, after a slightly upward revised 0.4% in the first quarter.