Germany braced for 2012 recession, despite strong exports

Despite the challenges posed by the eurozone debt crisis, many exporters in Europe's biggest economy, Germany, enjoyed a year of success.

Figures out this morning are expected to show its output grew by around 3% in 2011.

But the next couple of years could be very different.

As global demand for German goods falls so does industrial production, prompting some analysts to forecast a recession in Germany not just in 2012, but in 2013 as well.

Brian Milligan reports.

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