Europe's Cleanest Dirty Shirt Sees Exports Collapse & Production Plunge

Tyler Durden's picture

Just when the jawboning from Europe is reaching its climax that Portugal is fixed again, Greece is fixed, and the core is showing green shoots from the near-depression, Germany (the corest of the core) comes out with its worst exports data since 2009. While imports remained stable - suggesting domestic demand is sustained for now - YoY export growth collapsed 3.2%, the worst tumble since November 2009 "illustrating that Germany's economy still has difficulties shifting into higher gear."



The details are a horror-story. Exports to the euro-zone, where 40% of Germany's exports are sent, fell by a stunning 9.6% (while exports to the rest of the world dropped 1.6%). To add to the misery for the 'things are getting better' crowd, Germany's industrial production data missed expectations are dropped back into the negative YoY following the 'hope' inspiring positive YoY print in April that signaled all-is-well.


Of course, none of that matters, the DAX is up a stunning 2.4% today on the back of this dismal-is-great data. So much for those green shoots...


Charts: Bloomberg

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Sudden Debt's picture



Dr. Engali's picture

Should be good for another 2% on the DAX.

NoDebt's picture

Every time I feel negative about what's happening in the US, I look at Europe and I feel better. 

Dr. Engali's picture

Every time I feel negative about the U.S I go to watch the shoppers at Walmart and confirm the fact that I am right.

jmcadg's picture

:) +1 Good Dr.

Same here, but they are in Poundland.

SheepDog-One's picture

You can stand to actually GO to Walmart? You must be one tough dude!

jmcadg's picture

Europe's actually no worse, they're just shit liars.

Sudden Debt's picture

to stupid and lazy to tell lies. And when they do lie, it's uber obvious.

When the Americans lie, it's so complex and bad that everybody says: "There must be something behind it because it's so complex"

At least we know who to hang on a tree when the shit finally crumbles down and we need a fallguy.

Lady Heather...UNCLE's picture

Dax up 2.4% eh? On the terrible data it should be up much MOAR

slaughterer's picture

Germany has been trying to shift into the service economy revolution for years now.  Who needs German "industrial production"?

fonzannoon's picture

we should print some bartenders for them.

Debugas's picture

i need german industrial production, every chinese needs it too.

the only problem - neither i nor the majority of the people can afford it NOT

Sudden Debt's picture

a service economy like the dutch? :)

They are the worst off in Europe! Those dikes won't hold much longer!

Ghordius's picture

Germany "trying to shift into service economy"? well, the problem is that the German government can "try" - or, better, talk about (I'm not even sure they do), but what the economy does - particularly that half that is the SME/"Mittelstand" is a different thing altogether. And they account for half of the story. In short: only something that British and American newspapers take seriously

"Exports to the euro-zone, where 40% of Germany's exports are sent, fell by a stunning 9.6% (while exports to the rest of the world dropped 1.6%)"

I'm used to look at trade statistics, and usually Germany's exports were half/half between the eurozone and the rest of the world. Last time those stats shifted in the other direction, this was taken as a sign that bad, bad Germany is taking advantage from the EUR. Now the story goes that the victims are bled dry. sure, right...

the real truth, i.e. that endless supply chain criss-cross the eurozone for many end-products that are then finished in Germany is too boring to contemplate for most. A BMW or a Mercedes - somehow at the end everybody talks only of such widely known products - are German, aren't they? Who cares that components are made in Croatia or Spain or in many other places

fact is that the eurozone is a trade & monetary zone for which we nevertheless have lots of national statistics. I doubt Detroit at the times when American car production was the "locomotive of the world" would have been over-analyzed this way, with a Dr.Krugman-equivalent asking for separate currencies for those states, or similar bollocks

fact is, same as then, whenever Germany exports less - particularly out of the eurozone - a lot of other industries delivering to Germany make less, too, all over the eurozone. As in the old adage: "when GM sneezes, America get's a cold"

But the "Mittelstand" has no stock ticker, and many of their eurozone partners are family-owned, too. and so they fly right under every typical Wall Street & City analyst's radar

falak pema's picture

So in the world of beggar thy neighbour some take solace where ever they can find it! 

yogibear's picture

Lies are finite. More ghost cities, food stamps and section 8's for everyone. Just print money. It's worked for 4 years. 

Production of goods and services is so yesterday.

jmcadg's picture

DAX 8000, all the better to short.

asteroids's picture

The DAX should be down around 6000, not 8000. I'm sure some suker bought it today.

SheepDog-One's picture

LOOK! Oh my fuck it's good enough for +20 S&P points! 

sunny's picture

These production numbers explain why DAX is up 2.3+% as I type.


Sudden Debt's picture

The best joke today was from the Italians :)



Motorhead's picture

Prost, Ihr S├Ącke!

WVO Biker's picture

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