BERLIN May 9 German exports posted their
biggest fall in nearly a year in March and imports also fell,
narrowing the trade surplus in Europe's largest economy and
confirming that trade was a drag on growth at the start of 2014.
Figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed
seasonally-adjusted exports slipped 1.8 percent on the month,
their second consecutive fall, and imports dipped 0.9 percent,
pushing the trade surplus down to 14.8 billion euros.
The consensus forecast in a Reuters poll of economists had
been for shipments abroad to rise by 1 percent and for imports
to increase by 0.5 percent.
The seasonally adjusted trade balance compared with a
surplus of 15.8 billion euros in February.
(Reporting by Berlin bureau; Editing by Noah Barkin)