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German Economy To Grow 3.5% This Year - BDI

Germany's economy is set to expand this year on the back of export growth, but the biggest euro area economy will reach pre-crisis level only in the first half of next year, Federation of German Industries/BDI said Tuesday.

The industry body predicted 3.5 percent growth for the German economy this year. GDP shrunk around 5 percent in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns hurt economic activity severely.

Exports are expected to grow 6 percent after an 11 percent slump last year.

"A return to the pre-crisis level will therefore not be achieved in the current year," BDI President Siegfried Russwurm said.

"But there should be a good chance that it will succeed in the first half of 2022."

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