BERLIN Nov 15 German economic growth slowed to
0.2 percent quarter-on-quarter in the July-September period,
seasonally-adjusted data showed on Thursday, as the euro zone
crisis sapped the vitality out of Europe's largest economy.
Preliminary data from the Statistics Office also showed
growth slowed to 0.4 percent from the same quarter a year ago in
unadjusted terms, down from 0.5 percent in the second quarter.
"Positive impetus came from abroad compared with the
previous quarter," the Statistics Office said in a statement.
"According to preliminary estimates, exports of goods and
services climbed more than imports. There were, however, mixed
signals from within Germany."
Quarterly growth was in line with the median forecast in a
Reuters poll of 50 economists, in which expectations ranged from
-0.4 percent to +0.5 percent.