BERLIN, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Germany's trade surplus widened in August after exports rose unexpectedly, according to data on Monday that underscored the resilience of Europe's largest and traditionally export-oriented economy despite the euro zone crisis.
Seasonally adjusted exports jumped 2.4 percent month-on-month and imports inched up just 0.3 percent, data from the Federal Statistics Office showed. The consensus forecasts in a Reuters poll of economists were for exports to slide 0.5 percent and imports to gain 0.3 percent.
The seasonally-adjusted trade surplus widened to 18.3 billion euros from a revised 16.3 billion euros in July. The consensus forecast was for it to narrow to 15.3 billion euros.
TABLE GERMAN TRADE (ADJUSTED) AUG 12 JULY 12 AUG 11 Trade balance 18.3 16.3 13.7 Exports 95.0 92.8 90.0 Exports pct change m/m +2.4 +0.4 +3.2 Imports 76.7 76.5 76.3 Imports pct change m/m +0.3 +0.3 -0.1
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ANDREAS SCHEUERLE, DEKABANK
"It is incredible how German exports are winning in such a tough environment... The strongest areas of growth recently came from Asia and Europe outside the euro zone. The data should influence Germany's economic output positively in the third quarter."
ULRIKE KASTENS, SAL OPPENHEIM
"The rise in exports is a surprise. However we see it rather as a positive one-off. The trend for the coming months points rather to a weakening. Nevertheless the increase in exports in August should have a stabilising effect on economic performance in the third quarter.
"Trade is performing more positively than thought. We do still expect a slowdown in GDP in the third quarter but thanks to foreign trade that will be modest."
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