REFILE--German March industry orders tumble by 2.8 pct
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BERLIN May 7 (Reuters) - German industrial orders dropped by 2.8 percent in March from the previous month, the biggest fall in 1-1/2 years as demand for German capital and consumer goods from the eurozone slumped, data from the Economy Ministry showed on Wednesday.
That compares with the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll for a 0.3 percent rise.
"Overall the trend for industry orders remains upwards but it may weaken somewhat," the Economy Ministry said in a statement, adding contracts in the first quarter were roughly stable compared to the fourth quarter of last year.
"Geopolitical events could contribute to temporary caution in order activity...," said the ministry.