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CONFIDENCE UP: The GfK research institute said Tuesday its forward-looking German consumer confidence indicator was up to 6 points for March from 5.9 in February _ its highest point since last March.

INCOME PROSPECTS: The survey found that Germans were markedly more optimistic about their income prospects this month and hopeful of "noticeable increases" in upcoming wage negotiations.

LOW JOBLESS RATE: German unemployment stood at 7.3 percent in January _ far lower than in many other European countries _ as the nation's economy has outperformed many of its neighbors.