11 January 2001, 12:20  German 2000 real GDP -- 2 (conditions for continuing growth 'favourable')

The German finance ministry said in a statement that overall conditions for a continuation of the economic upturn are "favourable". But it added that the dynamism in growth this year will ease "somewhat" due to the slowdown in impulse from abroad, the dissipating effects of the euro weakness and the tight monetary policy in Europe. It said price development last year was affected significantly by the drastic increase in energy prices as well as the euro weakness.

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