Euro Area Exports Drop for Second Month in November

European exports declined for a second month in November as the euro’s strength made goods from the region more expensive abroad.

Exports from the euro area dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent from October, when they decreased 0.1 percent, the European Union’s statistics office in Luxembourg said today. The trade surplus narrowed to 3.9 billion euros ($5.6 billion) in November as imports rose 0.3 percent from October, when they fell 1 percent.

The euro’s 10 percent advance against the dollar in the past year is threatening to undermine the region’s recovery by making exports less competitive. While European services and manufacturing industries expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years in December, the economy still faces a bumpy road” ahead, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said yesterday.

Euro-area exports to the U.S., the region’s second-biggest trading partner, dropped 20 percent in the first 10 months of 2009 from a year earlier, today’s report showed. Shipments to the U.K., the largest market for euro-area goods, declined 24 percent, while exports to China rose 1 percent. The detailed country data are published with a one-month lag.

Euro Area Exports Drop for Second Month in November, Business Week
1/16/2010 2:31:28 PM