German growth halved in the first quarter of the year due to weaker trade and less state spending, data showed on Tuesday, though analysts said they saw it as a temporary blip.
Europe's biggest economy grew by 0.3 percent in the first three months, the slowest rate since the third quarter of 2016, preliminary data from the Federal Statistics Office showed.
This compared with 0.4 percent predicted in a Reuters forecast of analysts and followed an expansion rate of 0.6 percent in the final three months of last year.
Still, it marked the 15th consecutive quarter of expansion, the longest period of uninterrupted growth since German reunification.
"Is it a pause or a fundamental shift? For us the answer is clear: It's just a blip," DekaBank analyst Andreas Scheuerle said. He pointed to continued strong foreign demand and vibrant domestic activity due to record employment and rising wages.
"However, this should not hide the fact that risks to the economic outlook have risen not least due to the neo-protectionist aspirations and sanctions policy of the U.S. government," Scheuerle added.