March 9, 2018 / 7:18 AM / 9 days ago

German industrial output falls unexpectedly in January

BERLIN, March 9 (Reuters) - German industrial output fell unexpectedly in January, data showed on Friday, adding to signs that factories in Europe’s largest economy are operating at a slower pace at the start of the year.

Data from the Economy Ministry showed output fell by 0.1 percent, confounding expectations in a Reuters poll for a 0.5 percent rise.

Separate data published by the Federal Statistics Office showed exports fell unexpectedly by 0.5 percent in January, undershooting a Reuters forecast for a 0.3 percent increase.

Imports also declined by 0.5 percent. A Reuters poll had forecast an unchanged reading.

The seasonally adjusted trade balance was unchanged at 21.3 billion euros ($26.22 billion), the data showed. ($1 = 0.8122 euros) (Reporting by Joseph Nasr Editing by Michelle Martin)

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