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German Exports Rebound in March Boosted by US and Chinese Demand

Germany’s exports saw a 0.9% increase in March, propelled by strong demand from the United States and China, while industrial orders experienced an unexpected decline, signaling a more mixed economic outlook.

According to data from the federal statistics office released on Tuesday, German exports surged by 0.9% in March, surpassing analysts’ expectations of a 0.4% increase. This rebound followed a revised 1.6% decline in February, raising concerns about the country’s export-driven economy.

The increase in exports was largely attributed to robust demand from the United States and China, with exports to these countries rising by 3.6% and 3.7%, respectively.

However, the optimistic export figures were overshadowed by a disappointing performance in industrial orders. In March, industrial orders fell by 0.4%, missing the expected 0.4% increase. This unexpected decline has led economists to reassess their expectations for Germany’s economic recovery.

Chief economist at the bank Hauck Aufhaeuser Lampe, Alexander Krueger, commented on the situation, stating, “The order situation is bringing economic optimists back down to earth. Exports are maintaining a favorable level. Ultimately, however, it is also the imports that are boosting the trade balance.”

Meanwhile, imports grew by 0.3% in March, following a revised 3.0% increase in February. The foreign trade balance showed a surplus of 22.3 billion euros in March, slightly higher than the forecast of 22.2 billion euros and up from 21.4 billion euros in the previous month.

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