Preliminary Q4 data published this morning show that Germany’s Gross Domestic Product did not grow at all in the period, and dragged annualised economic growth down to 0.9 per cent from 1.1 in Q3. Adding insult to injury wholesale prices dropped by a bigger than expected 0.7 per cent in January, again dragging the annual rate down to growth of just 1.1 per cent from 2.5 per cent in December. Similarly Switzerland, where data published this morning show producer prices dropping 0.7 per cent in January for an annualised decline of 0.5 per cent. Deflation’s here.
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