German August industry output dips as construction sector weighs

BERLIN, Oct 8 (Reuters) - German industrial output edgeddown in August due to a weaker construction sector, EconomyMinistry data showed on Monday, suggesting that Europe's largesteconomy is weathering the euro zone crisis relatively well.

Industrial production in Germany slipped by 0.5 percent onthe month in August. That compared with the consensus forecastin a Reuters poll of 42 economists for a 0.8 percent drop.

Activity in the construction sector fell by 2.8 percent andfactories churned out 1.3 percent fewer intermediate goods,dragging overall output down. Energy output, which rose by 1.5percent, was the main bright spot.

"The trend in production continues to be quite stable," theministry said in a statement.

The data for July was revised downwards slightly to a riseof 1.2 percent from a previously reported gain of 1.3 percent.

(Reporting by Michelle Martin, editing by Gareth Jones)

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