East German exports still show high dynamics in first half of 2001
Since last year, growth has weakened sharply in most regions of the world, accompanied by a marked decline in world trade growth. There was a significant impact on demand and activity in the industrial countries. In contrast to that the data indicate increasing east German exports of goods. In the first half of 2001 the exports of the new states rose sharply by around 25% compared with the period of the previous year and the share of exports in GDP rose. The export structure by regions has changed over time. At the beginning of the nineties the main customers of east German exports were still central and eastern Europe. Now almost half of the goods are delivered to EU-countries. Cars and electrical engineering products are the main export goods with a share of around 30%.