Economy

German exports, imports reach record heights in March

German exports, imports reach record heights in March

This was better than the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll for a drop of 0.6 per cent.

The monthly slip was driven by falling production in energy and capital goods. While an Economy Ministry report showed industrial output dropped 0.4 percent - compared with a median estimate for a 0.7 percent drop in a Bloomberg survey - that still marked a 1.1 percent gain for the first quarter. In January, industrial production rose by 1.3 per cent. "It is astonishing how the German economy is defying global risks, whether politically or economically", Börner added.

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FRANKFURT-German industrial output declined in March and exports of goods rose only moderately from the month before, but the economics ministry said Tuesday that the "positive tendencies" in Germany's industrial sectors should continue in the months ahead. Analysts had expected a 0.2% rise.

Industrial orders in Germany rose for the second month in a row in March, official data showed Monday, but not enough to cancel out a sharp dip early this year. This was much stronger than a predicted increase of 1.0 per cent. Germany's overall trade surplus - which hit a record in 2016 - is now at €25.8bn and just shy of the all-time record hit in March past year. Oppenheim economist Ulrike Kastens said, adding that German firms still seemed to offer the right products, such as cars and machines, which are in demand all over the world. Oppenheim analyst Ulrike Kastens said.

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United States and France have recently taken aim at the country's high trade surplus.

The overall robust readouts were the latest in a batch of solid economic figures and will help centre-right Chancellor Angela Merkel burnish her economic credentials ahead of a September 24 federal election, when she will seek a fourth term.

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