BERLIN, April 20 (Reuters) - The German government will raise its forecast for 2013 growth in Europe's largest economy by 0.1 percentage points to 0.5 percent for technical reasons, German magazine Focus cited government sources as saying on Saturday.
The German government has so far predicted Europe's largest economy will grow by 0.4 percent this year. Stronger growth could help boost support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition in September's federal election.
An economy ministry spokesman said on Saturday he could not confirm the Focus report, adding that internal calculations for the spring forecast were not yet complete.
German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler is due to give the final growth forecast on Thursday.
Earlier this week Germany's leading economic institutes downgraded their 2013 growth forecast to 0.8 percent from the 1.0 percent they had predicted in October.
Focus cited experts in the government as saying the institutes' revised forecast was 'too optimistic' and said they were more cautious due to the weak European environment, which is taking its toll on German exports, and due to a long, harsh winter delaying economic recovery.
(Reporting by Michelle Martin and Michael Nienaber; Editing by Toby Chopra) Keywords: GERMANY ECONOMY/FORECAST
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