Germany recorded a widening trade surplus to 13.1 billion euros in January from 12.9 billion euros in December, exceeding forecasts of 13.0 billion euros surplus.

Exports climbed 2.3%, above estimates of 2.0%, compared with a revised of -4.4%, which was -4.3% initially. Imports, on the other hand, advanced 2.4% from a prior of -3.9% and median estimates of 1.5%.

Current account surplus, however, narrowed to 8.0 billion euros from a revised of 21.2 billion euros, which was 19.3 billion euros surplus, below analysts' predictions of 10.4 billion euros surplus.