Industrial orders in Germany rose slightly in February after a steep drop the previous month, official data showed Thursday, pointing to lost momentum in Europe's largest economy.
As fears of a global trade war persist, new contracts for industrial firms climbed just 0.3 percent month-on-month, federal statistics authority Destatis said, after a 3.5-percent fall in January according to corrected data.
The figure fell short of expectations from analysts polled by Factset who expected a 1.5-percent increase.
In a year-on-year comparison, February saw 3.5 percent more new contracts. Foreign and domestic business nearly cancelled each other out, with orders from abroad gaining 1.4 percent and orders from within Germany declining at the same rate.
Capital goods firms booked most of the gains with a 0.9 percent rise while consumer goods makers saw a precipitous 2.4-percent decrease in contracts.
"The trend shows significantly weaker growth in contracts," the economy ministry said in a separate statement.
The government economists highlighted that comparing January plus February to the two previous months showed a fall in orders of 2.1 percent due to weak domestic demand.