BERLIN (AP) — Official figures show that German exports increased for the third consecutive month in December. That capped a year in which they rose 14% compared with 2020. The Federal Statistical Office said Wednesday that exports from Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, were up 0.9% in December compared with the previous month. That followed gains of 1.8% in November and 3.9% in October. Imports were up 5.7% in December, their fifth consecutive monthly increase. For 2021 as a whole, exports rose 14% to some 1.38 trillion euros ($1.57 trillion), the statistics office said. Imports were up 17.1% at over 1.2 trillion euros ($1.37 trillion).
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