BERLIN — Official figures show German exports dropped 5.2 percent in August from the month before, in a further sign that growth in Europe's largest economy may be slowing.
Despite the decline, the Federal Statistical Office said exports were 5 percent higher than a year earlier.
The agency said imports fell a monthly 3.1 percent and that as a result Germany's trade surplus narrowed to 19.6 billion euros ($22.1 billion euros) from 22.8 billion euros.
Thursday's foreign trade figures follow disappointing August factory orders and industrial production figures.
ING-DiBa economist Carsten Brzeski said there was "no reason to panic" and pointed to large export and industrial production declines in the same month last year as a result of the timing of summer vacations. The German economy "should rebound" in September, he said.