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BERLIN May 7 German industrial orders dropped
by 2.8 percent in March from the previous month, the biggest
fall in 1-1/2 years as demand for German capital and consumer
goods from the eurozone slumped, data from the Economy Ministry
showed on Wednesday.
That compares with the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll
for a 0.3 percent rise.
"Overall the trend for industry orders remains upwards but
it may weaken somewhat," the Economy Ministry said in a
statement, adding contracts in the first quarter were roughly
stable compared to the fourth quarter of last year.
"Geopolitical events could contribute to temporary caution
in order activity...," said the ministry.
Domestic orders for industrial goods were down 0.6 percent
while contracts from abroad fell by 4.6 percent.
(Reporting by Madeline Chambers and Stephen Brown)