Sun, 19 Sep 2021

BERLIN, Germany: After three consecutive months of declines caused by supply chain issues, German industrial production increased in July, according to data released on Tuesday.

The Economy Ministry reported a 1 percent increase in overall production compared with June, when production fell by 1 percent.

Car and auto parts production witnessed a greater increase, of up to 1.9 percent, while the manufacturing of machinery rose by 6.9 percent.

While issues with delivering semiconductors, which have slowed production, are likely to continue, the latest statistics suggest the worst could be over, the ministry stressed.

The German economy, the largest in Europe, grew by 1.6 percent between April and June, compared with the previous quarter.

However, the second quarter saw a considerable decline due to the increase in the spread of Delta coronavirus infections.

Still, supply chain problems have negatively affected the German economy, such as the repercussions of the blocking of the Suez Canal and delays in microchip production and deliveries.

But the current third quarter is expected to see better economic results.

Figures released on Monday showed factory orders rising 3.4 percent in July, following a 4.6 percent increase in June, highlighting solid demand for German products.

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