German Industrial Orders Rise 2.8 Percent

BERLIN (AP) -- Government data show that industrial orders in the country -- Europe's biggest economy -- were up 2.8 percent on the month in April following a strong rise in March.

The figures released by the Economy Ministry on Monday showed foreign and domestic orders contributing equally to the improvement. They increased by 2.8 percent and 2.9 percent respectively.

The rise followed a 5.1 percent overall increase in orders in March. That figure was revised upward from an initial estimate of 5 percent.

The ministry said the number of large orders was slightly above average for April.

Germany has settled into a modest export-led recovery over the past year.

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