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By Michael Nienaber and Miranda Murray
BERLIN (Reuters) -The German economic system didn’t return to its pre-pandemic dimension in 2021 as microchip shortages hit manufacturing within the automotive trade and additional COVID-19 restrictions slowed down the restoration of Europe’s largest economic system within the ultimate months of the yr.
Gross home product grew 2.7% in 2021 after plunging 4.6% within the first coronavirus disaster yr 2020, preliminary figures from the Federal Statistics Workplace confirmed on Friday.
The figures, which had been in step with analysts’ forecasts in a Reuters ballot, imply that Germany’s financial output was nonetheless some 2% under the pre-crisis 2019 degree, the workplace mentioned.
The world’s fourth-biggest economic system shrank within the ultimate three months of 2021 after rising within the earlier two quarters as resurgent coronavirus infections led to renewed restrictions in retail and hospitality, the workplace mentioned.
An early estimate pointed to a fourth-quarter contraction between 0.5% and 1.0% quarter-on-quarter, a spokesperson added.
The principle development drivers in 2021 had been a leap in exports and large public spending to cushion the affect of the pandemic, the workplace mentioned.
Nevertheless, the event and home manufacturing of a groundbreaking COVID-19 vaccine by German start-up BioNTech additionally boosted development significantly, a statistics workplace spokesman mentioned, with out quantifying the affect.
Financial institutes have estimated that BioNTech alone added 0.5% to Germany’s financial output final yr, which might account for almost a fifth of the general growth.
“I am unable to consider one other single German firm that has ever contributed a lot to total financial development,” mentioned Sebastian Dullien from the macroeconomic coverage institute IMK.
Germany elevated internet new borrowing to a report 215 billion euros ($245.87 billion) final yr following an unprecedented sum of 130 billion euros in 2020 to fund the combat towards COVID.
The general public sector deficit of all state ranges rose to 153.9 billion euros or 4.3% of financial output.
The economic system ministry mentioned in its month-to-month report that ongoing provide bottlenecks for necessary major merchandise in manufacturing had been more likely to persist for some time.
Most economists anticipate the German economic system to shrink once more within the first three months of 2022, driving it into one other technical recession, outlined as two consecutive quarters of contraction, after the economic system shrank within the first two quarters of 2020.
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