"We are not expecting a recession. We don't
anticipate a contraction in the third quarter," Jeromin
Zettelmeyer, the head of the economic policy section at the
ministry told Reuters.
"Private consumption remains supportive and foreign trade should
also make a small positive contribution."
The German economy contracted by 0.2 percent in the second
quarter of the year and some economists are expecting another
negative number in the July-September period, a result which
would put Europe's largest economy into a technical recession.
Economists polled by Reuters are expecting quarter-on-quarter
growth of 0.1 percent in the third quarter.
(Reporting by Rene Wagner; Writing by Noah Barkin)
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