German Factory Orders Fall as Export Slowdown Cools Confidence

  • Orders drop 0.7% on month vs. estimate for 0.5 % decrease
  • December loss driven by decline in big-ticket orders

An employee works at a gas turbine factory in Berlin. factory orders fell more than anticipated in December.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

German factory orders fell more than anticipated in December, in a sign that a global trade slowdown may be restraining parts of Europe’s largest economy even as domestic consumption proves robust.

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