Parts of Germany were hit by a long stretch of hot, dry weather last July that impacted outputs. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany's industrial output unexpectedly fell in November, which may mean that its economy entered into a technical recession at the end of last year, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: Europe's largest economy had already cut its growth expectations by a third, announcing in December that it expected the economy to grow by just 1.5% in 2018.

  • "The decline ... was broad-based and led by consumer goods and energy. Output was down 4.7 percent year-on-year, the most since 2009," Bloomberg's Carolynn Look writes.
  • The data "has clearly increased the risk of a technical recession in Germany in the second half of 2018,” said Carsten Brzeski, chief economist at ING Germany.

Go deeper: 2019 could be worst year for economy since '08

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his wife, Pamela, both tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced on Friday.

The state of play: The Northams were tested after one of their staff "who works closely within the couple's living quarters" tested positive. The governor is asymptomatic, while his wife is "experiencing mild symptoms." They plan to isolate at home for 10 days.

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Amazon wants to flood America with Alexa cameras and microphones

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In a Thursday event unveiling a slew of new home devices ahead of the holidays, Amazon made clearer than ever its determination to flood America with cameras, microphones and the voice of Alexa, its AI assistant.

The big picture: Updating popular products and expanding its range to car alarms and in-home drones, Amazon extended its lead in smart home devices and moved into new areas including cloud gaming and car security. The new offerings will also fuel criticism that the tech giant is helping equip a society built around surveillance.

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Oil's turbulent long-term future

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The oil sector is facing risks from all sides.

Why it matters: Risk in the industry is nothing new. But these are especially turbulent and uncertain times. The industry's market clout has waned, the future of demand is kind of a mystery, and future U.S. policy is too, just to name three.

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