German trade surplus shrinks in September

Demand for goods and services from Europe's biggest economy slowed down in China and other emerging markets, but this was partially compensated by strong exports to the United States and other EU membersGermany’s exports and imports both rebounded in September after falls a month earlier, as the trade surplus shrank slightly to 19.4 billion euros ($20.9 billion), official data showed Monday. German exports rose a seasonally adjusted 2.6 percent to 100.3 billion euros, and imports were up 3.6 percent to 80.9 billion euros, the federal statistics office Destatis said. The previous month, exports had plunged 5.2 percent and imports were down 3.2 percent, partially due to seasonal factors, while the trade surplus had stood at 19.6 billion euros.

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