Strong construction activity in January boosted German industrial output to the highest monthly level since 2011. The latest data suggest that a routine spring upswing in the economy has come earlier and is stronger.
China’s government has for the first time ignored a call for help by a company unable to pay interests on its debt. Beijing’s decision to allow Chaori Solar default is a sign of a stronger role granted to market forces.
The rate of female workers in Germany has risen significantly over the past decade, the statistics office has said. Female employment is way above the EU average, but this applies above all to the low-wage sector.