Institute Decreases Forecasts for German Economy Due to Struggle

Germany Faces Economic Challenges and Slow Growth in 2023, According to Experts

Germany’s economic growth is expected to be a challenge this year, according to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW). The institute has revised its forecast for Germany, citing “headwinds” from both domestic and international factors.

Stefan Kooths of the IFW explained that Germany’s economy is facing several challenges and expects growth of only 0.1% this year, a significant decrease from previous expectations of 1.3%. In 2023, Germany‚Äôs economic output fell by 0.3%, and productivity in the country has been stagnant. Productivity has been attributed to slower private consumption, declining exports despite global economic growth, and a struggling construction industry. While there may be a slight recovery in the spring, overall momentum is expected to remain weak.

Political uncertainty is also affecting the German economy as the government struggles to finalize a growth package. The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce echoes these concerns, pointing out high energy costs, a shortage of skilled labor, and geopolitical uncertainties impacting export business.

On a positive note, experts predict that the phase of very high inflation rates experienced since the middle of last year may be over. Consumer prices are expected to rise by 2.3% this year and by 1.8% next year, providing some relief for consumers. Despite these challenges, the institute has left its forecast for next year virtually unchanged at 1.4%.

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