The German government halves its expectation for economic growth in 2019. The Ministry of Economic Affairs is now counting on 0.5 percent growth for the German economy, while 1 percent was predicted in January.
Houses in the euro zone have again risen in price. In the fourth quarter of last year, owner-occupied homes in the euro countries became on average 4.2 percent more expensive compared to the same period a year earlier. That is what the European statistics agency Eurostat is announcing.
Car sales in China fell sharply last month again. It is tenth month in a row that the Chinese are buying fewer cars compared to a year earlier. Before this decline, the market enjoyed rising sales for decades.
The Dutch energy companies have reduced their CO2 emissions last year. By making less use of coal to generate electricity, greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 6.6 percent, the Dutch Emission Authority reports.
Anyone who has removed the protective film after an online purchase of a mattress may still cancel the purchase. As with clothing, the seller can clean or disinfect the product and put it on the market again.
Economic growth in the United States rose less sharply in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to a year earlier. Experts generally took into account that the growth would be less strong. Nevertheless, the percentage of the US Department of Commerce was even lower than anticipated.