German exports shows the biggest rise since May 2010

German exports shows the biggest rise since May 2010German exports rebounded more than expected in August, recording their biggest rise in more than six years and dispelling fears that Europe's biggest economy is heading for a slowdown, Reuters reported on Monday.

Seasonally adjusted exports rose by 5.4 percent, the largest rise since May 2010, data from the Federal Statistics Office showed on Monday, while imports increased by 3.0 percent.

The data signals that exports, which had been weakening and losing their traditional role as the main growth driver in Germany, will contribute to an expected expansion in the third quarter.

Analysts linked the jump in exports to an improving economy in China, but they warned that world trade remains weak and risks are high, especially from a possible "hard" exit by Britain from the European Union.

"This is a welcome amendment. But world trade remains very weak. And there are new risks - for instance that of a hard Brexit… The economy in China has stabilized. This is good for producers of capital goods," said Thomas Schilbe of HSBC Trinkaus.

Weak data in July had raised concerns that the German economy will slow in the third quarter. But those concerns have largely quelled by positive figures in recent weeks.

Industrial production rose more than expected in August, posting its biggest increase since January to rebound from the steepest fall in 23 months last month.

The government raised its growth forecast for this year to 1.8 percent from 1.7 percent, which would be the strongest expansion in half a decade.
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