German gross domestic product grew to 1.70% in 2015 compared to 2014’s 1.60% according to the Federal Statistical Office. The boost from domestic consumption has helped the country to grow at a time when the export economy is struggling, recording the best performance since 2011. Household spending rose 1.90% over the year compared with 2014’s 0.90% gain whereas government consumption also rose from last year’s 1.70% to 2.80%. Imports outstripped exports in the latest reading, printing at 5.70% and 5.40% respectively. Industrial production, excluding construction, accounts for more than 25% of total GDP, advancing by 2.20% in 2015 whereas construction itself reported a 0.20% rise. Employment was up by 0.80%, helping to increase domestic spending with record low unemployment and steadily rising wages aided by cheaper energy prices and record low interest rates implemented by European Central Bank.