The statistics office said that Germany's financial surplus last year resulted from the difference between revenues of 1.294 trillion euros and expenditure of 1.276 trillion euros. The government budget alone showed a surplus of 11.4 billion http://carlostsrl.blogs.experienceproject.com euros, compared with a deficit of 4.5 billion euros a year earlier. View gallery Members of IG Metall, Germany's powerful metalworkers' union, demonstrate for better payment The regional states' finances also swung to a surplus of 1.9 billion euros in 2014 from a deficit of 2.8 billion euros in 2013. The municipal authorities turned in a surplus of 1.3 billion euros and the welfare budget showed a surplus of 3.4 billion euros, Destatis said. Under eurozone rules, member states are not allowed to run up public deficits in excess of 3.0 percent of GDP and are obliged to bring their budgets into balance or surplus in the best site medium term. - Robust domestic demand - Confirming a preliminary estimate published earlier this month, the statistics office said that GDP growth of 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter was driven primarily by robust domestic demand. Following a strong start to the year, when GDP grew by 0.8 percent in the first three months, the German economy subsequently lost momentum due to the uncertainty surrounding the Ukraine crisis and other geopolitical risks. View gallery The surplus represents 0.6% of Germany's overall gross domestic product of 2.904 trillion euros, GDP actually shrank by 0.1 percent in the second quarter and showed only meagre growth of 0.1 percent in the third quarter. But domestic demand helped growth pick up again at the end of the year, with consumer spending rising by 0.8 percent and public spending by 0.2 percent, Destatis said.