German exports rise unexpectedly in August

BERLIN, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Germany's trade surplus widened inAugust after exports rose unexpectedly, according to data onMonday that underscored the resilience of Europe's largest andtraditionally export-oriented economy despite the euro zonecrisis.

Seasonally adjusted exports jumped 2.4 percentmonth-on-month and imports inched up just 0.3 percent, data fromthe Federal Statistics Office showed. The consensus forecasts ina Reuters poll of economists were for exports to slide 0.5percent and imports to gain 0.3 percent.

The seasonally-adjusted trade surplus widened to 18.3billion euros from a revised 16.3 billion euros in July. Theconsensus forecast was for it to narrow to 15.3 billion euros.

(Reporting By Michelle Martin and Stephen Brown, editing byGareth Jones)

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