German Exports Push Trade Surplus to Highest level in Decades

While the rest of Europe contracts, Germany posted impressive export figures in 2012. Due to the high value of the EUR Germany did not avoid a contraction of 0.5% but expectations are that the economy will grow in the next quarter. This will further separate the Teuton economy from the rest of Europe which continues to battle recession even as France narrowly avoided a technical recession.

Germany’s trade surplus has risen to its second highest level in more than 60 years after an unexpected drop in imports in December.

Exports rose over 2012, pointing to the strength of Europe’s largest economy. And in further signs of a global economic recovery, China’s exports and imports surged in January while inflation eased.

German imports declined by 1.3% in December, defying expectations of a rise of 1.4%. But exports inched up 0.3% from November, driving the full-year trade surplus to €188bn (£160bn), the second highest since records began in 1950.

via Guardian

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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