The German trade balance surplus rose in February to 12.6 billion euros surpassing the previous reading of 8.0 billion euros and even expectations of 11.4 billion euros. This was mainly due to a decline in imports that grew by 0.2% versus the prior revised 5.6% from 6.0% in January, and an expansion in exports that had ascended by 5.1% in contrast with January's revised decline of 6.5% from 6.3% and overtaking the projected 4.0% growth, emphasizing the steady recovery of German industry.

The current account surplus thus widened the gap to 9.1 billion euros almost tripling from the revised previous 4.4 from 3.6 billion euros, while markets were expecting 7.0 billion euros.