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Record growth for German economy

Weaker euro helps best quarterly performance since reunification.

Germany recorded quarterly growth of 2.2% in the second half of this year, the largest quarter-on-quarter rise in over 20 years.

Europe's largest economy performed significantly better than France, which recorded just 0.6% growth and Spain, which saw only 0.2% growth over the same period.

Strong export figures, helped by a weak euro, and an upturn in the construction industry were the main reasons for the positive figures.

Despite the strong performance in the second quarter, analysts expect the German economy to return to more modest growth for the rest of the year.