Germany slashes 2024 growth forecast to just 0.2% amid slower-than-expected rebound

Robert Habeck, German Minister for Economy and Climate Protection and Vice Chancellor, is pictured during the weekly meeting of the cabinet on February 21, 2024 in Berlin, Germany.

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Germany’s gross domestic product is now expected to grow by 0.2% this year, down from a previous forecast anticipating a 1.3% expansion, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said Wednesday.

He added that the government now expects the German GDP will grow by 1% in 2025.

The country narrowly avoided a recession in the second half of 2023, despite its GDP declining by 0.3% in the final quarter.

Inflation is expected to fall to 2.8% throughout 2024, before returning to the 2% target range again in 2025, Habeck said.

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