By Geoffrey Smith
That was their sixth decline in the last seven months and the biggest decline since March. Analysts had expected a more gentle drop of 0.5%.
That left order volumes down 10.8% from a year earlier, albeit statistics office Destatis said the September 2021 figure had been exceptionally high due to rebound effects after the pandemic.
Domestic orders rose 0.5% but export orders fell 7.0%.
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