It was anyway not on the cards that the relatively buoyant economic momentum seen in Germany in the first six months of 2016 would continue unabated in the second half of the year. In the first half the German economy had grown at an annual rate of over 2%. But we still see the economy heading up in the second half of the year, albeit at quarterly rates of only 0.3 to 0.4%. This would produce average growth this year of around 2%. This favorable annual average is also attributable to the fact that the Federal Statistical Office has revised up year-on-year growth in the first quarter a tad, improving the starting point for 2016 growth.