There were fresh hopes of a robust third quarter in Europe's biggest economy on Tuesday (October 6).
Orders for German-made goods rose 4.5% in August, far more than expected.
It was driven by a 14.6% surge in orders from fellow euro zone countries, as companies try to get back to pre-crisis levels.
The economy ministry said in a statement that "The catch-up process for new industry orders is continuing at a remarkable pace".
Order intake was only 3.6% lower than in February, before lockdown measures were imposed.
Economists applauded the strong data.
But they cautioned that rising infection rates across Europe are increasing the risk of setbacks.
One told Reuters that "It is difficult to imagine how German manufacturing could escape another round of lockdown measures with important trading partners,"
But he added that the strong industrial numbers "could help the manufacturing sector to overtake the service sector."
German data is on a winning streak at the moment.
Official figures released last week showed retail sales rose much more than expected in August and unemployment fell further in September.
That's boosted hopes that household spending will power a recovery.