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Euro zone expands trade surplus despite protectionist calls

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By Francesco Guarascio

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The euro zone increased its surplus with the rest of the world in March with both and rising markedly, in a sign that global commerce has so far not been hampered by protectionist calls.

The European Union statistics office Eurostat said on Tuesday the 19-country currency area recorded a 30.9 billion euro ($34.1 billion) surplus in March in its goods balance with states outside the bloc, according to data not adjusted for seasonal factors.

The March surplus is nearly double that of February when the bloc has a positive balance of 17.8 billion euros, and also higher than a year earlier when the surplus was 28.2 billion euros.

The 19-country bloc, driven by Germany, expanded its by 13 percent in March on a yearly basis to a total value of 202.3 billion euros, unadjusted figures show.

to the bloc also increased by 14 percent, although from a lower basis, showing that flows have not been affected by growing protectionist calls, such as from U.S. President Donald Trump.

of the 28 EU countries to the United States in the first quarter increased by 11 percent compared with the same quarter last year.

from the U.S. rose a more modest 4 percent, resulting in an expanded EU surplus with the U.S. totalling 30.6 billion euros from 23.6 billion euros recorded in the first quarter of 2016.

The EU increased its to all major partners in the first quarter of this year, with a 28 percent surge in sales to Russia and 22 percent increase in to China.

from China grew only 3 percent, reducing the EU deficit with Beijing to 41.7 billion euros from 47.3 billion euros a year ago.

Figures adjusted for seasonal factors showed the euro zone surplus was 23.1 billion euros in March from 18.8 billion euros in February, with a 1.4 percent increase in on the month and a 1.1 percent drop in ($1 = 0.9057 euros)

(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

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