Strong exports helped the German economy to continue its solid upswing at the end of last year and grow by 0.6% on the quarter from October to December, data showed today. 

The headline figure for seasonally adjusted gross domestic product growth, released by the Federal Statistics Office, was in line with the consensus forecast.

It marked a slowdown from the downwardly revised 0.7% in the third quarter of last year.

On the year, Europe's biggest economy grew by a calendar-adjusted 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2017, the data showed. 

This was weaker than the consensus forecast of 3%. 

The office confirmed an earlier estimate for full-year GDP growth of 2.2% in 2017 which translated into a calendar-adjusted rate of 2.5%. 

This was the strongest pace since 2011.