Germany's economy

The country's economy shrank 0.2% in the second quarter, and its central bank recently cited several challenges to growth.
Beyond the borders:  Germany's economy has increasingly become more export driven, led by manufactured goods like autos, machinery and chemical products.
Growth concerns:  The latest flash Purchasing Managers' Index data highlights concerns around Germany's manufacturing sector. Output growth in August was the weakest since June 2013, and the index has fallen in five of eight months in 2014.
Uphill climb:  Half of Germany's 10 largest export partners are expected to post average annual GDP growth below 2% through 2016. And while China's GDP number stands out, its pace of growth has been slowing, and is expected to continue to do so.
Falling yields:  10-year yields on German bonds have fallen steadily throughout 2014, hitting record lows.
Sources: Bloomberg LP, Bundesbank, Federal Statistical Office, Markit
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