The retail sector has been a pillar of the German economy in recent years. But retailers themselves now have a pessimistic outlook, says the Munich-based Ifo economic institute.
As the German economy goes from strength to strength, it's become increasingly difficult for businesses to recruit urgently needed staff. Hardy Graupner has mingled with entrepreneurs in a small community near Berlin.
Saving is said to be a German virtue, something that can be easily believed if the country's whopping budget surplus is anything to go by. Yet what is good news for Germany may provoke ire further afield.
Industrial orders in Europe's powerhouse keep dropping, fresh figures have shown. Demand for German goods decreased considerably in eurozone nations, with buyers in non-EU countries only partly offsetting the fall.
The German economy is powered by products sold the world over. The strength of Europe's powerhouse depends on outbound shipments. We take a look at one of its latest exports and reveal the secrets behind its success.
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