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Germany's economy grows by 1.5%

The German economy - Europe's biggest - grew by 1.5% in 2014 after barely expanding the previous year.

The figure released by the German federal statistical office today was in line with economists' expectations. In 2013, Germany managed only 0.1% growth.

Germany issues a preliminary full-year growth figure before giving an official fourth-quarter growth figure, which is due next month.

The German economy made a fast start last year before contracting slightly in the second quarter and returning to slight growth in the summer. It is expected to gain more momentum in the coming months.

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