BERLIN Feb 25 Germany's economy will return to
growth in the first quarter of this year after contracting in
the final three months of 2012, European Central Bank board
member Joerg Asmussen said on Monday, echoing similar comments
he made to Reuters last week.
"Early indicators ... point to a swift recovery (in Germany)
and I would expect that we will see a return to positive
quarterly growth already in the first quarter of the year,"
Asmussen said during a speech in Berlin.
Asmussen told Reuters in an interview on Friday that he
expected German gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the first
quarter to be "significantly better" than the 0.6 percent
contraction in the fourth quarter.