Germany’s economic output down significantly in 2020
According to the current issue of the Monthly Report, in the final quarter of 2020 Germany's economic recovery was throttled by the higher infection rates and considerably stricter measures introduced again to contain the pandemic. However, in the experts’ assessment, the tighter restrictions have not led to any major setback; instead, real gross domestic product is likely to have more or less stagnated. The pandemic left a deep mark on German economic output in 2020 as a whole.
Making payments in 2020, the year of COVID-19: card-based and contactless payments trending
Many citizens have been increasingly using cards to make payments during the coronavirus pandemic. “According to a representative Bundesbank survey in 2020, the importance of cashless payment methods, especially cards, in everyday expenditures has been growing considerably,” said Bundesbank Executive Board member Burkhard Balz at the unveiling of the results.
The financial assets of households in Germany increased by €108 billion in the third quarter of 2020 and now amount to roughly €6.7 trillion. This rise was due to a high propensity to save and the positive developments on the capital markets towards the end of the period.
Households in Germany are expecting the rate of inflation to increase, according to findings from the Bundesbank Online Panel Households at the end of last year. Survey results from December 2020 indicate that individuals are expecting inflation to come to 3.1% on average over the next 12 months, which is the highest rate measured in 2020.