German exports, long the mainstay of the national economy, rose for a third month in four in August according to data released today from the Federal Statistical Office. The year on year increase of 13.4% is partly a reflection of the way the recent drop in the value of the euro has helped boost demand.
“According to provisional data of the Federal Statistical Office, Germany exported commodities to the value of EUR 63.4 billion and imported commodities to the value of EUR 51.9 billion in August 2005. German exports of August 2005 thus were 13.4% and imports 15.3% above the respective August 2004 levels. Upon calendar and seasonal adjustment, exports increased by 3.5% and imports by 6.0% compared with July 2005.
The foreign trade balance showed a surplus of EUR 11.6 billion in August 2005. In August 2004, the foreign trade balance showed a surplus of EUR 11.0 billion. Upon calendar and seasonal adjustment, the foreign trade balance showed a surplus of EUR 12.7 billion in August 2005.”
While exports power ahead the continuing weaknesses in domestic consumer demand and investment are to be seen in the fact that German industrial production fell 1.6 percent in August while factory orders fell 3.7 percent.