Germany’s economy stagnated in the second quarter


The German economy was stagnant in the second quarter after two periods of decline.

The Federal Statistical Office reported zero quarter-on-quarter change, after a 0.1% drop in the first quarter and a 0.4% drop in the fourth quarter of 2022. Most countries outside the U.S. report GDP on a quarterly, and not annualized, basis.

Consumer spending by private households stabilized in the second quarter of 2023 after the weak winter half-year, it said.

Over the last year, the eurozone’s largest economy dropped by 0.6%.

Sentiment is dark for Germany’s economy, with the key Ifo index of business climate sliding in July to an eight-month low.

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