Germany’s gross domestic product (GDP) shrank 0.2 percent in the third quarter of 2018. It is the first time the German economy has seen a contraction in more than three years.
The Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden announced the contraction on Wednesday. The drop was slightly bigger than the expectation of economists polled by Reuters, who had predicted a 0.1 percent drop, DW reports.
In the second quarter the GDP of Europe’s biggest economy had grown 0.5 percent.
“This is the first drop compared to the previous quarter to occur since the first trimester of 2015,” said the Federal Statistics office.
Just last week, Germany’s Council of Economic Experts lowered the growth forecast for 2018 to 1.6 percent instead of the 2.3 percent predicted last March.
However, economists believe these results are just a blip and they are not worried about the overall health of Germany’s economy.