The German economy slumped by a less-than-feared 9.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2020, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) says.
The government agency had previously reported a 10.1-per-cent quarterly fall in its first estimate.
The single-digit plunge was still far worse than seen at the peak of the financial crash, when the German economy contracted by 4.7 per cent in the first quarter of 2009, meaning that the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted the sharpest decline on Europe's largest economy since records began in 1970.
Meanwhile, government spending in response to the crisis contributed to a financial deficit in the first half of 2020 of 3.2 per cent, measured as a percentage of gross domestic product, Destatis said.
In the same period last year, a surplus of 2.7 per cent was recorded.