A worker cleans machine parts at a factory in Goeppingen, Germany. Associated Press
For three decades, China’s burgeoning demand for German cars, machines and engineering tools has been a steady engine of growth for Europe’s largest economy,
German exports to China fell by 6.5 per cent on the year in January and the Federal Statistics Office said the drop could not yet be linked to the coronavirus, as the looming impact of the epidemic threatens to tip Europe’s largest economy into recession.
German business sentiment deteriorated more than expected in August to hit its lowest since November 2012, a survey showed on Monday, in a further sign that escalating trade disputes are pushing Europe’s largest economy toward a recession.
According to emergency responders, no casualties were recorded.
The NSE Nifty 50 index was up 0.80% at 13,239.05 as of 05:12 GMT, while the S&P BSE Sensex was up 0.80% at 44,993.92. Both indexes hit record highs. The Indian rupee strengthened to 73.72 against the dollar.
Spot gold was little changed at $1,840.75 per ounce by 05:28 GMT. US gold futures were up 0.2% at $1,844.10. Gold has added about 3% so far this week.