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German engineering industry lowers 2020 production outlook

A welding robot creates sparks during the body shell production of a Ford Fiesta at the Ford assembly line in Cologne

BERLIN (Reuters) - German engineering industry association VDMA on Thursday lowered its production forecast for this year, pointing to factors including the coronavirus pandemic.

Production is now expected to decline by 5% in real terms year-on-year, VDMA said. It previously forecast output would likely contract by 2%.

(Reporting by Thomas Seythal, editing by Thomas Escritt)