BERLIN Feb 6 Higher demand for capital goods at
home and abroad drove the biggest monthly increase in German
industrial orders in around 2-1/2 years in December, data showed
Contracts for goods 'Made in Germany' were up by 5.2 percent
on the month, the Economy Ministry said. That was the biggest
monthly increase since July 2014 and was far stronger than the
Reuters consensus forecast for a rise of 0.5 percent.
Domestic demand jumped by 6.7 percent while foreign orders
increased by 3.9 percent, with bookings from euro zone countries
soaring by 10.0 percent.
The data for November was revised down to a fall of 3.6
percent from a previously reported drop of 2.5 percent.
(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Michelle Martin)