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Euro Crisis Damps German Growth

"Germany's economy shrank at the end of 2012, an official report showed, as weaker global demand and recessions throughout Southern Europe triggered a slide in business investment.

The downturn should be short-lived, analysts said. Key export markets such as the U.S. and China are starting to pick up, while improved sentiment surrounding Europe's three-year-old debt crisis is expected to spur a recovery in the euro zone this year.

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