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Buoyant export sales were behind the strong end to 2017 for the German economy, the country’s statistics office said.

The Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) confirmed on Friday that the German economy grew by 0.6 per cent in the between the third and final quarter of 2017, down slightly from 0.7 per cent for the previous three month period.

Exports rose by 2.7 per cent over the period, against a 2 per cent rise in imports. Germany is one of the world’s leading trading nations. Strong exports have helped boost the jobs market and unemployment is now at a post reunification low in the eurozone’s largest economy.

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