The German economy expanded further in the fourth quarter of 2017 according to the latest data from the country's official statistics office on Wednesday.
Destatis data showed that quarter-on-quarter, the eurozone's largest economy rose 0.6% in October-December period - slowing from the 0.8% growth seen in the prior quarter, but in line with estimates.
This drove the annual rate of gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 2.9% in the fourth quarter, up from 2.8% in the third, but slightly lower than the consensus forecast of 3%.
Although the statistical breakdown remained incomplete, Destatis said that positive contributions came mainly from foreign demand, suggesting net trade remained strong in the final quarter as "exports increased substantially".
While household consumption was flat, government expenditure increased. Gross fixed capital formation in machinery and equipment was also up on the previous quarter.
Later in the morning on Wednesday, it will become clearer on the contribution Germany made to fourth-quarter GDP in the eurozone, where annual growth is seen ticking higher to 2.7% from 2.6% in the third quarter.
Carsten Brzeski, chief economist for Germany and Austria at ING suggested there remained much room for further growth.
He said: "Looking ahead, the same fundamentals which have supported growth in 2016 and 2017 should still be in place in 2018.
"The only question is how much additional stimulus low interest rates, the strong labour market and the recent upswing of the entire Eurozone economy can still provide to the mature cycle of the German economy - In our view, still a lot."
Claus Vistesen at Pantheon Macroeconomics was more circumspect: “We think the economy will maintain momentum in 2018, albeit at a slightly slower pace.”
Investors welcomed the news and Frankfurt's Xetra Dax index climbed 0.71% in early trade to 12,279.
The euro also climbed - up 0.1% to $1.2362 against the dollar, and up 0.19% versus the pound to £0.8909.