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German Industrial Production Falls Amid Plunge in Energy Output

German industrial production unexpectedly fell for the first time in three months in November as energy output slumped, signaling that the recovery in Europe’s largest economy remains vulnerable.

Output, adjusted for seasonal swings, fell 0.1 percent from October, when it climbed a revised 0.6 percent, the Economy Ministry in Berlin said today. Economists in a Bloomberg News survey predicted an increase of 0.3 percent, according to the median of 25 estimates. Production dropped 0.5% percent from a year earlier.