January 19th, 2011
Associated Press: The German government on Wednesday raised its growth forecast for the country's economy this year to 2.3%, predicting that slower but solid growth in exports will be accompanied by stronger private spending. Follow up:
Follow up:Officials expect somewhat slower economic growth of 1.8% in 2012, Economy Minister Ranier Breuderle said.
"Germany's economy achieved the comeback of the year in 2010," Bruederle said. "2011 will be a good year. The upswing has two stable legs: export and domestic demand."
The government increased its 2011 forecast from the 1.8% it predicted in October.
The change comes after official data showed that Europe's biggest economy expanded by a powerful 3.6% last year — its fastest pace since reunification two decades ago — as rebounding exports were accompanied by strengthening domestic demand.
The German economy shrank by a painful 4.7 percent in 2009. Read more of the AP report at Yahoo News.....