• Germany's economy grew by 3 percent last year despite the financial crisis in Europe which has other economies such as Greece, Spain and Italy struggling with huge debts, the country's Federal Statistics Office . 
  • Germany's strongest growth was seen in the first six months of the year, when consumer spending rose 1.5 percent -the biggest increase in five years.
  • Exports were also strong, according to Destatis, growing 8.2 percent compared with the year before. Imports rose 7.2 percent.