German exports decline 3.4%
Exports from Germany, Europe's biggest economy, were sharply lower in November compared with the previous month amid economic weakness elsewhere on the Continent.
The Federal Statistical Office said today that exports — a traditional strength of the German economy — dropped 3.4 per cent.
Adjusted for seasonal and calendar factors, they totalled €89.6 billion. Imports were down 3.7 per cent at €75.1 billion.
Growth in Germany slowed in 2012 after two strong years, but the economy is expected to pick up after a weak fourth quarter and continue growing in 2013.
Compared with a year earlier, exports were unchanged in November. A 5.7 per cent decline in exports to other countries in the 17-nation eurozone contrasted with a 5.6 per cent increase in those to nations outside the European Union.