Germany's Gfk market research institute says consumer confidence edged to its highest level since 2006. Analyists say low unemployment and low interest rates are encouraging Germans to go shopping.
German military spending fell last year, according to an analysis by the BDI industry association. The report comes amid pressure on NATO members to inject more funds into their armed forces.
The German economy expanded by over 2 percent in 2017, beating results for the previous year despite fewer working days. The statistics office said growth was boosted by high employment and larger investments.
The number of people employed in Germany hit its highest-ever level in 2017. Europe's biggest economy added jobs at a pace not seen in a decade, driven by a strong upswing in business activity.
France is advancing with plans to close its Fessenheim nuclear power plant on the border with Germany. The French environment minister said concerns about job losses can be addressed through opportunities in Germany.
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