The German economic system unexpectedly contracted within the final quarter of 2022 as excessive fuel costs and rising borrowing prices squeezed demand.

Gross home product fell 0.2 per cent between the third and the fourth quarter of 2022, a pointy slowdown from the upgraded 0.5 per cent enlargement within the earlier three-month interval and decrease than a flat studying in a Reuters ballot.

“After the German economic system held up properly within the first three quarters regardless of troublesome situations, financial output decreased barely within the fourth quarter,” Destatis, the statistics workplace, mentioned on Monday.

Destatis doesn’t launch a GDP sector breakdown within the first launch however famous that non-public client spending was a key driver of the contraction.

Output, in contrast with the fourth quarter a 12 months earlier, rose 1.1 per cent, lower than the 1.3 per cent anticipated by analysts.

The eurozone’s largest economic system has been hit more durable than different European international locations by hovering fuel costs due to its giant manufacturing manufacturing.

The German economic system, as greater rates of interest intensify and costs stay excessive, “will at greatest flatline within the first half of 2023 and solely develop very slowly thereafter”, mentioned Franziska Palmas, senior Europe economist at Capital Economics.

Sweden’s economic system shrank 0.6 per cent within the final quarter of 2022, separate figures launched on Monday confirmed.

Eurozone fourth-quarter output shall be out on Tuesday and economists anticipate it to be unchanged from the earlier quarter. Spain final week posted a 0.2 per cent enlargement over the identical interval.

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