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Press release 444 / 2017-12-08: German exports in October 2017: +6.8% on October 2016

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WIESBADEN – Germany exported goods to the value of 108.0 billion euros and imported goods to the value of 89.1 billion euros in October 2017. Based on provisional data, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that German exports increased by 6.8% and imports by 8.3% in October 2017 year on year. After calendar and seasonal adjustment, exports were down 0.4% and imports up 1.8% compared with September 2017.

The foreign trade balance showed a surplus of 18.9 billion euros in October 2017. In October 2016, the surplus amounted to 18.8 billion euros. In calendar and seasonally adjusted terms, the foreign trade balance recorded a surplus of 19.9 billion euros in October 2017.

According to provisional results of the Deutsche Bundesbank, the current account of the balance of payments showed a surplus of 18.1 billion euros in October 2017, which takes into account the balances of trade in goods including supplementary trade items (+20.4 billion euros), services (–3.6 billion euros), primary income (+5.5 billion euros) and secondary income (–4.2 billion euros). In October 2016, the German current account showed a surplus of 18.4 billion euros.

In October 2017, Germany exported goods to the value of 64.5 billion euros to the Member States of the European Union (EU), while it imported goods to the value of 59.6 billion euros from those countries. Compared with October 2016, exports to the EU countries increased by 8.7%, and imports from those countries by 10.1%. Goods to the value of 40.4 billion euros (+8.6%) were dispatched to the Euro area countries in October 2017, while the value of the goods received from those countries was 39.8 billion euros (+9.3%). In October 2017, goods to the value of 24.1 billion euros (+9.1%) were exported to EU countries not belonging to the Euro area, while the value of the goods imported from those countries was 19.8 billion euros (+11.9%).

Exports of goods to countries outside the European Union (third countries) amounted to 43.5 billion euros in October 2017, while imports from those countries totalled 29.4 billion euros. Compared with October 2016, exports to third countries were up by 4.1% and imports from those countries by 4.8%.

Flows of commodities and services
in EUR bn
ItemOctoberJanuary to
October
SeptemberOctoberJanuary
to
October
20172016
1 According to calculations of the Deutsche Bundesbank.
Foreign trade
1   Exports (f.o.b.)108.01,062.2110.4101.1999.1
2   Imports (c.i.f.)89.1859.086.382.2790.5
3  Foreign trade balance (1-2)18.9203.224.118.8208.6
Transition to trade in goods 1
4  Supplementary trade items1.519.61.61.619.4
Current account balances 1
5  Trade in goods (3+4)20.4222.825.720.5228.0
6  Services–3.6–22.0–2.5–3.6–22.6
7  Primary income5.542.65.75.136.1
8  Secondary income–4.2–41.9–3.1–3.6–32.0
Current account (5+6+7+8)18.1201.525.818.4209.5

  

Groups of countries
ItemOctober
2017
January
to
October
2017
Percentage change from
October
2016
January
to
October
2016
billion euro%
Results in accordance with the EU concept (by country of consignment).
Total exports108.01,062.26.86.3
including:
EU Member States64.5624.18.75.9
Euro-zone40.4391.28.66.6
Non-euro-zone24.1232.99.14.8
Third countries43.5438.14.16.8
Total imports89.1859.08.38.7
including:
EU Member States59.6565.410.17.9
Euro-zone39.8380.69.37.0
Non-euro-zone19.8184.911.99.8
Third countries29.4293.64.810.2

   

Foreign trade (special trade)
Exports and imports
Original values/calendar and seasonally adjusted values 1 
YearMonthExportsImports
original valuecalendar and seasonally
adjusted value 1
original valuecalendar and seasonally
adjusted value 1
value in
billion euros
change on the same
month of the
previous year
in %
value in
billion euros
change on
previous month
in %
value in
billion euros
change on the same
month of the
previous year
in %
value in
billion euros
change on
previous month
in %
1 Using Census X-12-ARIMA
2016January88.7–1.198.2–0.275.31.779.11.0
February98.63.498.30.179.44.379.20.2
March106.5–1.1100.32.181.0–4.277.4–2.4
April103.93.8100.30.078.8–0.177.3–0.1
May96.81.498.7–1.676.30.077.3–0.0
June106.10.899.20.582.10.478.61.7
July95.8–10.298.0–1.277.0–6.578.4–0.3
August96.09.4100.42.476.65.479.81.9
September105.60.199.9–0.581.9–1.679.7–0.2
October101.1–4.5100.40.682.2–2.280.51.0
November107.64.8103.22.785.74.282.42.4
December97.16.0101.4–1.878.87.582.70.3
2017January98.611.1103.42.084.011.784.72.4
February102.33.7105.01.682.43.783.9–1.1
March118.211.0105.10.193.014.885.41.9
April100.9–3.0105.90.783.15.586.41.1
May110.514.2107.31.388.716.387.00.8
June107.21.0105.3–1.885.13.784.3–3.1
July103.17.6105.30.084.49.685.91.9
August103.07.3107.92.482.98.286.60.7
September110.44.5107.5–0.486.35.485.6–1.1
October108.06.8107.0–0.489.18.387.21.8

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