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German Retail Sales Slump on Inflation Fears

German retail sales fell for the second consecutive month in July falling by a bigger-than-forecast 1.5 per cent amid concerns about high inflation and deepening economic uncertainty, data released Monday showed.

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Analysts had expected monthly seasonally adjusted retail sales data, which was drawn up by the nation's statistics office, to drop by a more modest 0.3 percent in July. On a yearly basis, retail sales in Europe's biggest economy were unchanged.

The July fall in retail sales was despite a continuing improvement in the German labor market.

However, German consumer confidence fell to the lowest level in more than five years in September, a key forward-looking survey released.

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