Economic Report: German factory orders jump by 7% in June


German factory orders jumped 7% in June, the most in three years, according to data released Friday.

The big increase surprised economists who were forecasting a 2% decline, and comes after a surge in May, when revised figures said it rose by 6.2%.

The increase turned the year-over-year figure positive, to 3%, for the first time since Feb. 2022.

June’s big surge was driven by large orders — without them, factory orders would’ve declined by 2.6%. What’s called other vehicle construction jumped 89.2%, which it attributed to “a major order in the aerospace industry,” meaning Airbus AIR, +0.29%, as its Hamburg facility produces more than half the A320 aircraft.

But orders for motor vehicles and parts fell by 7.3%.

Oliver Rakau, chief Germany economist at Oxford Economics, said the fact that core orders fell by 2.6% means “the near-term implications for industry remain gloomy.”

The euro EURUSD, -0.02% was steady at $1.0949 ahead of key U.S. jobs data later on Friday.

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