BERLIN Dec 11 The German economy is likely to
lose momentum in the fourth quarter of the year due to weakening
investment, industrial output and exports, but leading
indicators point to a recovery over the course of 2013, the
Economy Ministry said on Tuesday.
"The difficult international, and above all European,
landscape has acted as a brake on the German economy over the
course of the year and further weakness is to be expected in the
last quarter," the ministry said in a statement.
"An improvement in the sentiment indicators could be a sign
that the weak phase will be gradually overcome after the winter
quarters," the ministry added.
(Writing by Noah Barkin)