Berlin — Strong demand from abroad drove an unexpected rise in German industrial orders in October, suggesting that exports may still support Europe’s largest economy despite broader global trade friction. Contracts for “made in Germany” goods rose by 0.3%, data from the statistics office showed on Thursday, as strong demand from the euro zone offset a fall in domestic orders. It was the third consecutive monthly increase and compared with a consensus forecast for a fall of 0.4%. September’s figure was downwardly revised to a modest rise of 0.1%. The economy ministry said a slowdown in new car registrations stemming from the introduction of stricter pollution standards was still weighing on orders. Bottlenecks were gradually clearing up, it saids. The effect of the pollution standards on new registrations was reflected in a 3.2% contraction in domestic demand. That compared with a 2.9% rise in foreign orders, including a 7.3% increase in new orders from Germany’s euro-zone partners,...
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