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BERLIN (Reuters) - The German economy stagnated in the fourth quarter as both private consumption and state spending lost momentum, preliminary data showed on Friday, renewing fears of a recession. FILE PHOTO: People carry their shopping bags in downtown Hamburg, Germany, January 25, 2018. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo. Europe’s biggest economy has been losing momentum as its manufacturers linger in a recession prompted by weaker exports, an automotive sector grappling with an expensive shift to electric cars and U.S.-China trade tensions. Private consumption and state spending have been providing growth impetus, and if those two sectors continue to weaken this year fears of a recession would grow. Full story

14 February