BERLIN, April 26 The German economy is on a
solid growth path despite global uncertainties, the economy
minister said on Wednesday, adding that it expects companies to
gradually start investing more as exports gradually grow.
The government raised its growth forecast for this year to
1.5 percent from a previous estimate of 1.4 percent. It
maintained its forecast for 2018 growth at 1.6 percent.
The economy ministry said the booming construction sector,
helped by low interest rates and increased government
investments in infrastructure, was providing a strong impulse
for the economy.
It added that Germany's high current account surplus, which
has been criticized by the United States, the International
Monetary Fund and European Commission, would fall from 8.3
percent of output in 2016 to 7.3 percent next year.
"The current account surplus should fall...not least because
of solid domestic consumption and higher crude oil prices," the
ministry said in a statement.
(Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Madeline Chambers)