BERLIN, July 8 German exports had their biggest
fall since late 2009 in May while imports rose far more than
expected, in a sign that Europe's largest economy is struggling
to sell its goods abroad though domestic demand is strong.
Seasonally-adjusted exports dropped by 2.4 percent, falling
further than the mid-range forecast in a Reuters poll for a 0.4
percent decrease and undershooting even the lowest estimate for
a 1.2 percent fall.
Imports climbed by 1.7 percent versus April, above the
consensus forecast for a 0.5 percent rise in a Reuters poll and
beating even the highest estimate for a 1.2 percent increase.
Data from the Federal Statistics Office out on Monday showed
the seasonally-adjusted trade surplus narrowing to 14.1 billion
euros from a downwardly revised 17.5 billion in April. The
consensus forecast was for it to narrow to 17.5 billion euros.