German exports rebound, easing slowdown fears

Containers are loaded at the container terminal Altenwerder in the harbour in Hamburg on Nov 18, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Containers are loaded at the container terminal Altenwerder in the harbour in Hamburg on Nov 18, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany exports surged 5.5 per cent in September, rebounding from a steep fall in August, and imports pushed up 5.4 per cent, helping ease concerns about the extent of a slowdown in Europe's largest economy.

The Federal Statistics Office said September's trade surplus stood at 18.5 billion euros, matching a consensus forecast.

Exports had been expected to rise by a more modest 1.9 per cent and imports by 0.8 per cent, according to a Reuters poll.