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German Industrial Production (Apr.)

The decline in German industrial production in April underlines that the German economy was performing well below normal at the start of the second quarter. But things should have improved since then, so we still expect GDP to rebound after its sharp decline in Q1.
Andrew Kenningham Chief Europe Economist
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