German exports increased by 4.6% and imports by 5.5% year-on-year in September.
Germany exported goods to the value of €110.4 billion and imported goods to the value of €86.3 billion in September 2017, according to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).
After calendar and seasonal adjustment, exports fell by 0.4% and imports by 1.0% compared with August 2017.
The foreign trade balance showed a surplus of €24.1 billion in September 2017 compared with €23.7 billion the year before.
In calendar and seasonally adjusted terms, the foreign trade balance recorded a surplus of €21.8 billion in September 2017.
According to provisional results of the Deutsche Bundesbank, the current account of the balance of payments showed a surplus of €25.4 billion, which takes into account the balances of trade in goods including supplementary trade items (+€25.4 billion), services (-€2.5 billion), primary income (+€5.6 billion) and secondary income (-€3.1 billion).
Germany exported goods to the value of €65.0 billion to the Member States of the European Union (EU), while it imported goods to the value of €57.6 billion from those countries.
Compared with September 2016, exports to the EU countries increased by 3.3%, and imports from those countries by 4.7%.
Goods to the value of €40.8 billion (+4.2%) were dispatched to the Euro area countries in September 2017, while the value of the goods received from those countries was €38.1 billion (+3.7%).