German industrial orders leap in June

German industrial orders leap in June

New industrial orders in Germany jumped by seven percent in June, offering a rare ray of light for the economy
New industrial orders in Germany jumped by seven percent in June, offering a rare ray of light for the economy. Photo: THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP
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German industrial orders jumped in June for the second month in a row on the back of major contracts despite the downturn dragging on Europe's top economy, official data released Friday showed.

New orders, closely watched as a predictor of future industrial activity, rose by 7.0 percent month-on-month after 6.2 percent in May, federal statistics agency Destatis said.

The indicator again surpassed its level before March, when it fell by 10.9 percent, the biggest monthly drop since April 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic throttled the economy.

The rebound was a rare ray of light for Germany, which slipped into recession around the start of the year due to surging energy prices, inflation and interest rate hikes that have knocked demand.

"Another big surprise, this time on the upside," said LBBW analyst Jens-Oliver Niklasch.

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June's rise was driven by "several big orders", without which the indicator would have fallen by 2.6 percent, the economy ministry said.

The mechanical engineering industry saw a robust 5.1-percent rise in orders, while European aircraft maker Airbus landed the biggest-ever order for civil aircraft with a 500-plane deal from low-cost Indian carrier IndiGo.

Orders for motor vehicles -- a key sector of the German economy -- watched their steep decline continue with a 7.3-percent drop.

A string of weak economic data has raised fears that the German economic motor was beginning to stall.

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Source: AFP

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