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Steam rises from the chimneys in the industrial area in Duisburg , Germany in this file photo.

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German industrial output dropped in June, weighed down by falling activity in the key manufacturing and construction sectors, official data showed on Wednesday.

Industrial production declined 0.9 per cent in June compared with May, the economy ministry said in a statement.

That was more or less in line with expectations. Analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires had been pencilling in a decrease of around 0.8 per cent.

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In May, output rose 1.7 per cent month-on-month.

Construction output fell by 2.0 per cent in June and manufacturing output was down 1.0 per cent.

Energy output, on the other hand, rose 1.2 per cent, the data showed.

Data released on Tuesday showed that industrial orders in Germany fell by a bigger-than-expected 1.7 per cent in June as the euro zone debt crisis weighs on demand in Europe's biggest economy.

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