BERLIN Feb 25 Foreign trade drove growth in
Europe's largest economy in the fourth quarter while domestic
demand, which had been a key growth driver throughout the rest
of the year, was a drag, data from Germany's Federal Statistics
Office showed on Tuesday.
Seasonally-adjusted data confirmed an earlier flash estimate
showing that German gross domestic product (GDP) increased by
0.4 percent on the quarter between October and December.
Foreign trade, which had been weak for much of 2013, added
1.1 percentage points to GDP in the fourth quarter. Domestic
demand subtracted 0.7 percentage points from growth.