BERLIN (Reuters) - German industrial orders increased unexpectedly in October thanks to strong demand from outside the euro zone, data showed on Wednesday, suggesting this sector of Europe's biggest economy is likely to gain steam in the coming months.
Factories registered a 0.5 percent rise in orders after contracts for 'Made in Germany' goods climbed by an upwardly revised 1.2 percent in September, data from the Economy Ministry showed.
The reading confounded expectations in a Reuters poll for a 0.3 percent drop.
A breakdown of the data showed foreign demand picked up by 0.5 percent as a 1.6 percent surge in contracts from outside the currency bloc offset a 1.2 percent drop in euro zone bookings. Domestic contracts were up by 0.4 percent.
(Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Joseph Nasr)