Business sentiment has been sagging in Germany...
But new trade numbers give a welcome lift.
Driven largely by strong demand from non-European countries, exports rose in October by 1.2 per cent month on month.
A fall had been expected.
In another surprise, a new Sentix survey on Monday (December 9) shows euro zone investor morale climbing for the second month in a row.
After a string of gloomy data, all raising hope the region's economy can sidestep a contraction this quarter.
It's a contrast to China.
Still suffering from the U.S./China tariff war, November's exports from the world's second-biggest economy were down 1.1% from a year earlier ...
When a rise had been expected.
China hopes for a trade deal with the U.S. as soon as possible, it said on Monday.
Washington's next round of tariffs against Chinese goods are scheduled to take effect on December 15.