The trade surplus in the euro zone expanded in November to its highest point in eight months, as a rise in exports of goods outpaced increasing imports, despite a stronger euro.
The European statistics office Eurostat said the euro zone's surplus in goods trade rose in unadjusted terms to €26.3 billion in November, up from €18.9 billion in October.
It was also higher than the €23.8 billion surplus recorded a year earlier.
The November trade expansion, which coincided with a new rise of the euro against the dollar, brought the bloc's surplus to its highest monthly level since March when it stood at €28.7 billion.
Adjusting to seasonal patterns, the bloc's trade surplus expanded to €22.5 billion in November from €19 billion a month earlier, Eurostat said.
The boost was caused by an increased demand for euro zone goods from the rest of the world, which more than offset the higher volume of imports into the bloc.
In unadjusted terms, euro zone exports grew to a volume of €197.5 billion in November from €187.8 billion a month earlier. In the same period, imports increased to €171.2 billion from €168.9 billion.
In November, exports rose 7.7% on the year, while imports increased by 7.3%.
In the period between January and November, euro zone exports increased 7.5%, compared with the same period in the previous year. Imports were up by 10.1%.
Trade among the 19 euro zone countries also expanded in November to a volume of €165.5 billion, a 6.9%rise from a year earlier.