German economy grew by 0.5 percent in 2nd quarter

Official data show that the German economy grew by 0.5 percent in the second quarter compared with the previous three-month period, accelerating slightly.

Germany's economy, Europe's biggest, grew 0.4 percent in the first quarter. The Federal Statistical Office said Tuesday that its performance in the April-June period was helped by higher private and government spending and by increased investment in equipment and construction.

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The German economy remains robust, with business confidence high and unemployment low despite some disappointing data this year and concern about global trade tensions.

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