Made-in-Germany growth engine falters as firms hit supply shocks

A haulage truck carries a shipping container at Behala inland port in Berlin on Jan. 26, 2021. Foto: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg Photo

The engine of the German economy is turning into a brake in the face of a global supply crunch, threatening to derail the nation's recovery.

While its strong focus on manufacturing helped Europe's largest economy fare better than its more service-heavy peers in the region during Covid lockdowns, Germany's rebound is now at risk as companies report shortages of materials ranging from memory chips to lower-tech parts and even basics such as wooden pallets...

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