Germany on Tuesday said its economy grew at a faster pace than expected in the third quarter, fuelling calls for the incoming government to loosen the purse strings and invest more to keep Europe's powerhouse humming.
In addition, Destatis significantly lifted its GDP growth estimate for the first quarter to an annualized rate of 3.6% from an earlier estimate of 2.9%, a sign that Germany's economy is firing on all cylinders.
Germany continued to display why its economy remains the engine behind the eurozone's solid performance this year as growth continued at a "high rate" in the third quarter. "As a result, net exports had a positive impact on the GDP compared to the previous quarter", according to Destatis.
Second-quarter growth was confirmed at 0.6 percent.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative allies are locked in talks with the liberal Free Democrats and the left-leaning Greens to forge an untested three-way coalition after September's inconclusive election.
The updated measure "paints a picture of a sustained and broad-based recovery in the Eurozone economy", according to Claus Vistesen, chief Eurozone economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.
Robust government and consumer spending "remained rather stable" in the third quarter, it added, while noting that investments had increased, particularly "in machinery and equipment".
The ECB's moves have been complicated by separate Destatis data confirming annual German inflation edged lower to 1.6% in October from 1.8% in September amid weaker energy prices.
"The German economy is now showing its best performance over such a long period since the mid-1990s", said ING Bank economist Carsten Brzeski.
Thanks to strong exports as well as rising investment, German Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 0.8 percent in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the previous quarter, beating analysts' prediction of 0.6-percent growth.