/German budget surplus hits record

German budget surplus hits record

Frankfurt (dpa) – Germany’s economy posted a budget surplus of 36.6 billion euros last year, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) announced on Friday. The surplus had been estimated at 38.4 billion euros in a preliminary calculation.

In November, Destatis said that Europe’s largest economy grew at a robust 2.2 per cent in 2017 to post its fastest expansion rate in six years and marking an eighth straight year of growth. In the fourth quarter of 2017 alone, gross domestic product was up 0.6 per cent from the previous quarter.

Exports primarily drove growth as the year ended with the global economic recovery and a greater demand for products “Made in Germany.”

While German companies invested more in machinery and other equipment in the last quarter, there was a drop in investment in construction. Consumer spending, which had buoyed the economy through the year, remained at the same level as in the previous quarter.

Economists have forecast continued strong growth for 2018, with the government recently saying that a 2.4-per-cent increase in GDP was expected this year.