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German industrial production edges up in April

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BERLIN (AP) — German industrial production edged up by a smaller-than-expected 0.2 percent in April compared with the previous month, even as factory orders in Europe's biggest economy strengthened.

The figure reported Friday by the Federal Statistical Office was below economists' expectations of a rise by 0.3 percent or more. In March, production dropped by 0.6 percent — revised downward from the original reading of a 0.5 percent fall.

The data came a day after the statistical office reported a much stronger-than-expected rise in factory orders, which rebounded by 3.1 percent in April after falling the previous month.

The economy grew by a robust 0.8 percent in the first quarter compared with the previous three-month period. Second-quarter growth is expected to be slower.

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