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Weak German data blamed on seasonal factors but U.S. tariffs could bite

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By Joseph NasrBERLIN (Reuters) - German industrial output fell unexpectedly in January for the second month in a row and exports also sank, adding to signs that Europe's largest economy began the year on a weak footing, although analysts said the outlook remains robust.The data on Friday was seen as a reflection of seasonal factors rather than signalling a structural slowdown. Economic activity in Germany typically eases in the winter months because of extended holidays, while this year's unusually warm January led to a decline in energy output. Industrial production fell by 0.1 percent, the ...

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 18:40 IST