The volume of exports of goods grew more than 3 percent in December relative to twelve months previously . The growth figure for October and November was approximately 5 percent.The volume of imports grew by 5 percent in December, about the same growth rate as in the two preceding months. Volume figures are adjusted for the number of working days.
The value of exported goods totalled 33.9 billion euro, i.e. nearly 2 percent down from twelve months previously. The value of imported goods rose by nearly 1 percent to 30.6 billion euro, resulting in a trade surplus of 3.3 billion euro, a decrease by 0.8 billion euro relative to December 2011. The value figures have not been adjusted for calendar effects. December 2012 had two working days less than December 2011.
The value of imports and exports of mineral fuels improved substantially in December. Trade with EU countries slowed down, but trade with non-EU countries grew marginally.
Export and import prices were respectively 0.5 and 0.7 percent higher than one year previously. As a result, terms of trade deteriorated slightly compared to December 2011.
The Exports Radar shows a mixed picture in February 2013. In January, most indicators still improved.
Exports of goods (volume adjusted for working days)
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