German exports rise less than expected in August

Reuters

BERLIN, Oct 8 (Reuters) - German exports revived in August,rising slightly less than expected but more than imports andwidening the trade surplus, official data showed on Tuesday, ina sign foreign trade will not drag too much on growth inEurope's largest economy.

Seasonally-adjusted exports gained 1.0 percent on the month,data from the Federal Statistics Office showed, coming in justunder the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll for an increaseof 1.5 percent. Exports had unexpectedly fallen in July.

Imports, which had been forecast to rise 0.9 percent, wereup just 0.4 percent.

The trade surplus widened to 15.6 billion euros from anupwardly revised 15 billion euros in July. The consensusforecast had been for it to widen to 15.1 billion euros.

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