Data machine cranks back into high gear for 2018

By Hugh LawsonLONDON (Reuters) - Data in the week ahead will enable investors to gauge the strength of German and British industry, U.S.

spending and Chinese trade at the end of last year - and the first hints on the strength of economic activity at the start of 2018.The German economy has been firing on all cylinders in recent months, with consumption, state spending and rising exports driving growth in both industry and services.With interest rates low and the labour market performing well, the economy has so far weathered the political impasse.....

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