Focus Germany: Cyclical boom no reason for fiscal complacency
Forecast for German Q2 GDP lifted to 0.8%. Following recent strong soft and hard data, we have lifted our forecast for Q2 GDP from 0.6% qoq to 0.8% (Q1 0.6%). Private consumption should remain the major driver behind above potential growth. In H2 the recent strong appreciation of the EUR should leave its mark. Still, in July ifo export expectations stood just 1 point below their all-time high. This could be related to the stronger than expected recovery within the Eurozone as well as stronger demand from China. (Also in this issue: private consumption, Germany's fiscal outlook, the view from Berlin)

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