January Retail Sales In Germany Bounce Back After Dismal End To 2018
German retail sales jumped by 3.3% in January, posting the strongest rise since October 2016 and more than offsetting a sharp drop in December, official figures showed on Friday.
Sales rose by 2.6% on the year, Germany's Federal Statistics Office said in a statement.
The sharp monthly rebound marked a turnaround from December, when sales fell by 3.1% on the month.
Key Growth Driver
Household spending has become a key growth driver in recent years as Germans benefit from record-high employment and low borrowing costs but retail sales are a volatile indicator often subject to revision.
The good mood among German shoppers was unchanged heading into March, a GfK survey showed on Tuesday, suggesting that household spending will support overall economic growth in the first quarter of this year.