The figures will only add to expectations of a March interest rate rise from the European Central Bank and raise speculation of further increases to come.
The flow of positive data began on Tuesday when the Federal Statistics Office revised upwards its growth rate for 2006 from 2.5 per cent to 2.7 per cent due to a strong performance during the last three months of the year.
It was the best economic performance for the eurozone’s largest economy...
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