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German 10-Year Bunds Rise Amid Slowdown Concern Before Auctions

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Aug. 13 (Bloomberg) -- German bonds advanced for a second day as a slowdown in Japanese economic growth added to signs the global economy is weakening, underpinning demand for the safest government debt.

The German two-year note yield was within two basis points of an all-time low before the nation, along with Italy and France, sells more than 19 billion euros ($23 billion) of bills. Japan’s gross domestic product advanced an annualized 1.4 percent in the three months through June, less than the median estimate of 2.3 percent in a Bloomberg News survey of economists and down from 5.5 percent the previous quarter. Spanish and Italian two-year notes slumped for a fifth day

Germany’s 10-year bund yield fell two basis points to 1.37 percent at 9 a.m. London time, after dropping four basis points last week. The 1.75 percent bond due July 2022 rose 0.145, or 1.45 euros per 1,000-euro face amount, to 103.490.

Spanish two-year note yields rose five basis points to 4.24 percent, while the rate on similar-maturity Italian debt gained four basis points to 3.44 percent.

To contact the reporters on this story: Lucy Meakin in London at lmeakin1@bloomberg.net; Keith Jenkins in London at kjenkins3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Daniel Tilles at dtilles@bloomberg.net.

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