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Global trade wars end 'golden decade' for fourth largest economy

London (CNN Business)Germanys economy shrank in the second quarter as global uncertainty and trade fights took a toll on its manufacturers.GDP for the three months ended June contracted 0.1% compared to the previous quarter, in line with analyst expectations. Thats down from 0.4% growth in the first three months of the year.

Todays GDP report definitely marks the end of a golden decade for the German economy, said Carsten Brzeski, chief economist in Germany at the Dutch bank ING.The worlds fourth largest economy, and Europes biggest, has been hit by what analysts have described as a perfect storm of negative factors.Germany relies heavily on exporters that sell a large amount of goods to China and the United States, which are locked in a bitter trade dispute.

. Weak global auto sales have also hit the countrys carmakers, and fears of a disorderly Brexit remain a drag...

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