German industrial output declined in April, weighed down by a slump in the manufacturing and construction sectors, official data showed on Wednesday.
Industrial production in April declined by 2.2% from the previous month, the Economy Ministry said in a statement.
That was a steeper drop than expected: Analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires had been penciling in a decrease of around 1%.
In March, output had increased by 2.2% month-on-month.
Manufacturing output slipped by 2.4% in April, with output of consumer goods falling by 3.7%.
Construction slumped by 6%, while energy output was up 2.4%, the data showed.
Data released on Tuesday showed that industrial orders in Germany fell more sharply than expected in April, weighed down by a noticeable drop in foreign orders.
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