German trade surplus widens

FRANKFURT - Germany's trade surplus widened in April, as exports grew but imports stagnated, official data showed on Friday.


In seasonally adjusted terms, Germany exported goods worth 94.3 billion euros ($129 billion) in April, up from 91.6 billion euros in March, the federal statistics office Destatis said in a statement. Imports were unchanged at 76.6 billion euros. That meant the seasonally adjusted trade surplus -- the balance between imports and exports -- increased to 17.7 billion euros in April from 15 billion euros in March. In unadjusted terms, however, the trade surplus narrowed, to 17.4 billion euros in April from 18.0 billion euros in March, as exports decreased, Destatis said.

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