German factory orders surged almost four times as much as economists forecast in October, driven by foreign demand.
A Greek exit from the euro would further depress drug prices throughout Europe, creating an additional dilemma for manufacturers already wrestling with how to keep supplies flowing as Greek health-care funds dry up.
German unemployment fell more than forecast in December as exports of cars and machinery boomed and one of the mildest winters on record helped support jobs in construction.
Five German states said inflation eased in June as energy prices fell.
German unemployment fell twice as much as economists forecast in March as instability in the Middle East and the crisis in Japan failed to deter companies from hiring.
German retail sales unexpectedly declined for a second month in December.
German industrial production unexpectedly decreased in June as construction activity waned and investment goods output dropped.
German retail sales fell for a second month in March as inflation accelerated, eroding household purchasing power.
Industrial production in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, rose almost three times as much as economists forecast in October, led by demand for investment goods such as machinery.
German unemployment declined for a 14th month in August after surging exports and investment fuelled record economic growth in the second quarter.
"The overall economic outlook for Germany has brightened."
- Mario Gruppe on Feb 28, 2013