German Outlook Damped by Markets as Growth Remains Robust: Chart

German investor confidence fell for the first time in three months after the country’s benchmark DAX index lost nearly 10 percent this year amid a China-induced rout in financial markets. What does that mean for Europe’s largest economy?

ZEW President Clemens Fuest says that while industries with a lot of exposure to China such as machinery and steel are bearing the brunt, domestic demand remains strong. A measure of current conditions jumped to the highest level in four months, indicating that growth will continue to exceed the economy’s potential -- at least in the near term. Gross domestic product rose 1.7 percent in 2015, and the Bundesbank predicts an increase of 1.8 percent this year.

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