Official data show that exports from Germany, Europe's biggest economy, edged higher in October following a substantial drop the previous month.

The Federal Statistical Office said today that exports rose 0.3% compared with September, following a 2.4% drop a month earlier.

Adjusted for seasonal and calendar factors, they totalled €92.8 billion. Imports were up 2.5% at €77.6 billion.

Growth in Germany's export-heavy economy has slowed this year amid gloom in the recession-hit euro zone and beyond.

However, it is expected to continue growing next year - if only at a modest pace.

Exports were 10.6% higher in October compared with a year earlier. A 14.6% increase in demand from countries outside the European Union contrasted with a 7% rise in exports to euro zone nations.