Berlin • German industrial production edged up by a smaller-than-expected 0.2 percent in April, but the country's trade surplus widened as exports rebounded and the country's central bank on Friday raised its growth forecast for Europe's biggest economy.
Germany's economy grew by a robust 0.8 percent in the first quarter compared with the previous three-month period. However, recent data have sent mixed signals and Friday's production figure underlined expectations of slower second-quarter growth.
The figure was below economists' expectations of a rise by 0.3 percent or more compared with the previous month. In March, production dropped 0.6 percent revised downward from the original reading of a fall of 0.5 percent.