German government slashes 2020 growth forecast - Der Spiegel

BERLIN, Oct 11 (Reuters) - The German government is cutting its 2020 growth forecast for Europe's largest economy to 1.1% from its April prediction of 1.5%, German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday, without citing sources.

It said the government would stick to its forecast that the economy will grow by 0.5% this year and would therefore narrowly avoid a recession.

The report said the predictions could be revised up or down by a minimal amount before the government publishes its forecasts on Oct 17.

Two sources told Reuters that the government would significantly cut its 2020 forecast.

A spokeswoman for the Economy Ministry said the government's forecasts had not yet been finalized, adding she could not comment until the government presents its predictions.

Earlier this month, Germany's leading economic institutes, whose forecasts feed into the government's own estimates, slashed their estimates, saying they expected the German economy to grow by 0.5% this year and 1.1% in 2020. (Reporting by Michelle Martin and Christian Kraemer, Editing by Tassilo Hummel)