By Max Bernhard
German industrial production unexpectedly fell in July amid continuing worries that Europe's largest economy could slip into a recession.
Total industrial output--comprising output in manufacturing, energy and construction--decreased 0.6% in July from the month before, in adjusted terms, Germany's Federal Statistical Office said Friday.
Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast an increase of 0.1%.
"The industrial economy remains weak," the German economics ministry said. In view of the weak start to the second half of the year and the lack of recovery in incoming orders, no improvement in the industrial economy is yet in sight, it added.
Construction output edged 0.2% higher in July from the month before, while manufacturing output fell 0.8%.
Compared with July 2018, total industrial output fell 4.2%, taking into account calendar effects.