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As the German Federal Statistics Office has reported, German industrial companies with 20 and more employees.............

As the German Federal Statistics Office has reported, German industrial companies with 20 and more employees.............

invested EUR 57.7 bn in fixed assets in the year 2014, which was about EUR 1.2 bn (+ 2,1 %) more than in the year 2013.

There was a drop compared to 2013 in investments in fixed assets particularly in metal production and processing (– 7.3 % to EUR 2.7 bn) and in the manufacture of data processing equipment, electronic and optical products (– 14.1 % to EUR 2.2 bn).

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On the one hand low interest rates and the heavy demand in urban areas are driving residential construction in Germany. On the other hand companies and the state are holding back on building investments.

On the one hand low interest rates and the heavy demand in urban areas are driving residential construction in Germany. On the other hand companies and the state are holding back on building investments.

Under the line the German construction industry remains on a moderate growth course, as reported by the German Federal Bureau of Statistics.

Last year adjusted for prices the industry received 1.8% fewer orders than in the boom year of 2013. On the other hand, turnover and employment rose substantially, with the number of employees in businesses with at least 20 on the payroll increasing by 4,400 to 407,000. They worked 4.6% hours more and generated a turnover of EUR 65.9 bn (+4.3%).

For 2015 the German construction industry is moderately confident and expects a turnover increase of 2.0%.

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According to the German Federal Office of Statistics, both exports and imports stood at their highest ever level last year.

According to the German Federal Office of Statistics, both exports and imports stood at their highest ever level last year.

In total goods to the value of EUR 1,133.6 bn were exported and goods to the value of EUR 916.5 imported, which means that the existing record from the year 2012 was broken.

Compared to 2013 exports rose by 3.7%, and imports were 2.0% higher. Another record was broken by the balance of trade – the difference between exports and imports – with the exports reaching their highest ever level of EUR 217 bn. The previous record had stood at EUR 195.3 bn and was set up in the year 2007.

There was particularly vigorous growth in foreign trade with European Union countries outside the euro-zone.
 

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