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Germany’s Government Bonds Are Little Changed After Export Data

April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Germany’s government bonds were little changed as a report showed the nation’s exports declined in February.

Benchmark 10-year yields were about five basis points, or 0.05 percentage point, from the lowest level in more than seven months. Exports, adjusted for working days and seasonal changes, fell 1.5 percent from January, when they rose 1.3 percent, the Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden said. The Netherlands is scheduled to sell as much as 2.5 billion euros ($3.26 billion) of bonds maturing in January 2033, while Greece plans to auction 1 billion euros of six-month bills.

Germany’s 10-year bund yielded 1.25 percent as of 7:12 a.m. London time. The rate dropped to 1.20 percent on April 5, the lowest level since July 24. The price of the 1.5 percent security maturing in February 2023 was at 102.335.

Germany’s imports dropped 3.8 percent in February and its trade surplus increased to 16.8 billion euros from a revised 13.6 billion euros in January, the statistics office said.

The Netherlands last sold 20-year bonds on Sept. 25 at an average yield on 2.497 percent. That compares with a record-low rate of 2.342 percent set on June 12.

Finland’s Treasury plans to sell a new 10-year euro-denominated benchmark security via banks. The bond may be sold in the “next few days,” Deputy Funding Director Anu Sammallahti said by phone yesterday.

German bunds handed investors a return of 1.1 percent this month through yesterday, according to indexes compiled by Bloomberg and the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies. Spanish bonds earned 4.8 percent, and Dutch securities gained 0.3 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emma Charlton in London at echarlton1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Dobson at pdobson2@bloomberg.net

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