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German economy to grow by around 1.5 pct this year-BDI industry body
June 20, 2017 / 7:05 AM / 3 months ago

German economy to grow by around 1.5 pct this year-BDI industry body

BERLIN, June 20 (Reuters) - Germany’s BDI industry association on Tuesday confirmed its forecast that German economic output would increase by around 1.5 percent this year as exports pick up but it warned that Europe’s largest economy should not rest on its laurels.

“The good economic situation is not a free ticket to taking a rest,” said BDI President Dieter Kempf.

“Our success is due to a weak euro exchange rate, a moderate oil price and the European Central Bank’s expansive monetary policy,” he said, adding that Germany’s influence on those factors was limited.

Given global risks, the German economy needs to be made resilient to crises so record tax revenues and budget surpluses should not lead to tax cuts but rather be used to invest and to reform tax legislation.

Reporting by Rene Wagner; Writing by Michelle Martin

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