German Exports Suffer Sharp Fall in June

German exports fell more than expected in June and imports sank even more sharply, widening the trade surplus in Europe’s biggest economy, data showed on Tuesday.

Seasonally adjusted exports dropped by 2.8 percent, the sharpest fall since August 2015 that ended five consecutive months of growth. Imports were down 4.5 percent, the biggest drop since January 2009, data from the Federal Statistics Office showed.

Both figures confounded expectations in a Reuters poll that had pointed to exports edging down 0.3 percent and imports rising by 0.2 percent.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.