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German Manufacturing Sinks Deeper Into Contraction in March

  • Shock decline raises fresh questions about economic health
  • Euro falls after disappointing French, German numbers
An employee wears protective clothing beside a blast furnace cast house at ThyssenKrupp AG's steel plant in Duisburg, Germany.
An employee wears protective clothing beside a blast furnace cast house at ThyssenKrupp AG's steel plant in Duisburg, Germany.Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi

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Germany’s manufacturing slump deepened this month amid tensions in global trade.