BERLIN (Reuters) - Strong demand from abroad drove an unexpected rise in German industrial orders in October, signalling that Europe's largest economy was still getting an impulse from exports despite headwinds from trade frictions.
Contracts for 'Made in Germany' goods rose by 0.3 percent, data from the Statistics Office showed on Thursday, as strong demand from the euro zone offset a fall in domestic orders.
It was the third consecutive monthly increase and compared with a consensus forecast for a fall of 0.4 percent. September's figure was downwardly revised to a modest rise of 0.1 percent.
The Economy Ministry said a slowdown in new car registrations stemming from the introduction of stricter pollution standards, known as WLTP, was still weighing on orders. Bottlenecks were gradually clearing up, it added.
The effect of the WLTP standard on new registrations was reflected in a 3.2 percent contraction in domestic demand. That compared with a 2.9 percent rise in foreign orders, including a 7.3 percent increase in new orders from Germany's euro zone partners, the data showed.
The German economy, in its ninth straight year of expansion, has been relying on domestic consumption and increased state spending for growth as exports weaken.
"The headline figure is pleasing. Dark clouds are building up on the economic horizon but today's numbers provide a blue patch," said Gitzel. "The crisis has been postponed."
(Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Toby Chopra)
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