BERLIN (Reuters) - German exports rebounded in February after dipping to start the year but imports rose at a faster pace, raising questions about whether trade will support growth in Europe’s largest economy going forward.
Seasonally-adjusted exports rose 1.5 percent on the month after dipping by 2.1 percent in January, data from the Federal Statistics Office showed. That was slightly better than a Reuters consensus forecast for a 1.0 percent increase.
Imports rose by 1.8 percent, a stronger increase than the 1.2 percent acceleration expected by economists.
The trade surplus for February remained broadly steady at 19.7 billion euros.
Writing by Noah Barkin; Editing by Madeline Chambers