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Euro-Area Exports Decline for Second Month Amid Recession

Euro-area exports fell for a second month in October as the economy struggled to pull out of its second recession in four years.

Exports from the 17-nation currency bloc declined a seasonally adjusted 1.4 percent from September, when they fell 1.3 percent, the European Union’s statistics office in Luxembourg said today. Imports rose 0.6 percent in October and the trade surplus narrowed to 7.9 billion euros ($10.4 billion) from a revised 11 billion euros in the previous month. Labor-cost growth accelerated to 2 percent in the third quarter from 1.9 percent in the prior three months, a separate report showed.