BERLIN (Reuters) - German economic growth is likely to slow slightly in the third and fourth quarters of this year from the expansion seen in the April-June period, European Central Bank policymaker Joerg Asmussen said on Wednesday.
However, he added that the German economy, Europe’s largest, remains in “robust” shape.
Strong domestic demand drove a 0.7 percent quarterly increase in German gross domestic product in the second quarter, matching its growth rate in the first quarter of 2012.
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Reporting by Reinhard Becker; Writing by Paul Carrel