U.S. overtakes France to become Germany's top trading partner
Exports to the United States rose by 19 percent to 114 billion euros ($127 billion) in 2015, compared with an increase in French purchases of 2.5 percent to 103 billion euros.
It was the first time in more than half a century that France was not Germany's biggest trading partner and economists said the picture was unlikely to change any time soon.
"This is more of a long-term trend," said Simon Juncker, an expert at Germany's DIW economic institute.
He said solid U.S. growth rates were partly responsible for the rising demand for German goods.
The world's biggest economy grew by 2.4 percent last year and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) expects U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) to increase by 2.0 percent this year.