Germany records 0.6pc growth
FRANKFURT: From consumer spending to investment to exports, all parts of the German economy helped to push growth to 0.6 perc ent in the first quarter, the fastest in a year. Business confidence rose this month to the highest level in almost six years, according to a Bloomberg survey. Construction surged the most in three years as mild winter weather bolstered activity. Spending on new equipment increased at the fastest pace since the end of 2015, according to the statistics office.