BERLIN, July 3 German Finance Minister Wolfgang
Schaeuble said on Thursday economic growth for this year and
next year could slightly exceed what the government has so far
"This year and next year we will probably be a little bit
above the estimates that we have taken as the basis for our
government forecasts," the minister told a conference in Berlin.
The government is currently forecasting 1.8 percent growth
in gross domestic product for 2014 and 2.0 percent for 2015.
Europe's biggest economy grew at its fastest rate in three
years in the first quarter with seasonally-adjusted GDP growth
of 0.8 percent, twice the rate of the final quarter of last
year. Year-on-year growth in the first quarter was 2.5 percent.
(Reporting by Stephen Brown and Gernot Heller; editing by