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This diagram is a time series line chart.

It has ‘Index number’ on the vertical axis, running from 80 up to 200 in intervals of 20.

The horizontal axis shows the years, running from 2000 on the left to 2011 on the right.

There are two lines shown on the diagram, one labelled ‘Germany export’ which is in red and the other labelled ‘Italy export’ which is in blue.

Both lines start at 100 on the vertical axis but then diverge immediately. The Germany export line rises steadily to reach 170 by 2008. The line then falls steeply to about 150 in 2009 before rising steeply to reach just over 180 by 2011.

The Italy export line is pretty flat to 2003, it then rises to reach just over 120 by 2007. The line shows a sharp fall back down to 100 in 2009 before rising to reach 120 by 2011.

The data source is Eurostat 2013a

 7.1 Facing the competition