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Factory orders for Germany fell 2.1% in April, following two straight months of expansion, reports Bloomberg. The decline, down from 1.1% growth in March, missed median Bloomberg survey estimates of a 0.3% drop.

The often volatile measure was up 3.5% from the previous year.

“Slight upward momentum in output and sales as well as stellar business climate send strong signals for a continuation of the moderate upswing in manufacturing,” the Economy Ministry said in a statment.

The ECB is set to meet on Thursday, where policy makers will weigh in on whether the economic recovery is strong enough to begin a gradual unwinding of stimulus.