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BERLIN, Nov 6 (Reuters) - German industrial orders rose more than expected in September, data showed on Wednesday, offering some hope for manufacturers in Europe's biggest economy as they head into the fourth quarter after a tough spell.
Germany's export-reliant manufacturers have been suffering from a slowing world economy and business uncertainty linked to a trade dispute between the United States and China plus Britain's planned, if delayed, exit from the European Union.
Contracts for 'Made in Germany' goods rose 1.3% from the previous month, helped by increases in both domestic and foreign demand, the Federal Statistics said. That compared with a Reuters consensus forecast for a rise of 0.1%.
The economy ministry said the numbers were a good starting point for the final quarter of the year and pointed out that business expectations had also brightened. "Both of these could point to a bottoming out of orders," said the ministry.
The economy shrank by 0.1% in the second quarter and recent data have pointed to continued weakness in manufacturing in the third quarter, which could put Germany in recession. Most economists define a recession as two straight quarters of contraction.
Domestic orders rose by 1.6% while contracts from abroad were up 1.1%, although those from the euro zone were 1.8% lower.
"At last a positive surprise from German industry... This seems to be a really good number, especially as more orders came from home and abroad," said Jens-Oliver Niklasch, senior economist at Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg.
"It looks at the moment like a bottoming out. The downturn is not continuing, although new impulses for growth are thin on the ground," he said.
(Reporting by Madeline Chambers Editing by Michelle Martin)