German exports surge in April, widening surplus

BERLIN, June 6 Fri Jun 6, 2014 2:08am EDT

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BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) - German exports rose at their strongest pace in nearly two years in April, widening the trade surplus in Europe's largest economy, data showed on Friday.

Figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed seasonally-adjusted exports climbed by 3.0 percent on the month, the biggest increase since May 2012, while imports edged up 0.1 percent.

The trade surplus widened to 17.7 billion euros, well above a consensus forecast for 15.2 billion. Economists polled by Reuters had expected exports to climb by 1.5 percent and imports to increase by 0.6 percent. (Reporting by Noah Barkin & Michelle Martin)

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