Pound euro exchange rate: Global trade woes put Germany on the path to recession

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The publication of Germany’s latest GDP figures, which indicate the Eurozone’s largest economy could be heading toward a recession, left the euro feeling quite fragile this morning. Destatis reports German economic growth shrank 0.1 percent in the second quarter, stumbling from a 0.4 percent expansion at the start of the year. The slump in growth came as little surprise to markets, with domestic industrial data souring in recent months – an indication of global trade tensions taking their toll on the German economy.  

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Carsten Brzeski, chief economist for Germany at Dutch bank ING said: “Trade conflicts, global uncertainty and the struggling automotive sector have finally brought the German economy down on its knee.”

However, with year-on-year growth coming in above expectations, the euro seems to be holding ground so far this morning.  

Meanwhile, the pound is trading in a narrow range

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