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In a bi-annual monthly outlook prepared for the German Economy Ministry, the country’s leading research institutes have cut their joint 2021 growth forecast for Europe’s economic powerhouse to 3.7% from 4.7%, Bloomberg reports, citing a person familiar with its latest outlook to be published Thursday.

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“The outlook is prepared by the DIW, Ifo, IfW, IWH and RWI institutes and helps guide the government’s own forecasts and budget planning.”

“The signs point to economic recovery” over the rest of this year. “The vaccination campaign, which is gaining momentum, and a strong global economy are fostering confidence.”

“The government’s forecast is for growth of 3% this year, after a contraction of around 5% in 2020, and it expects a return to pre-pandemic levels in mid-2022.”

Market reaction

EUR/USD holds steady around 1.1980, slightly off the monthly peaks ahead of the US data and the German Economy Ministry’s report.