Year-on-year, exports jumped 11.4 percent to €27.1 billion, the strongest growth since October 2012. Sales rose for motor vehicles (+67.6 percent); electrical equipment (+20.1 percent); base metals (+19.2 percent); textiles (+14.2 percent). In contrast, sales fell for coke and refined petroleum products by 11.4 percent. By main industrial groups, sales rose for: intermediate goods (+13.7 percent); capital goods (+16.5 percent); consumer goods (+8.2 percent) while fell for energy (-14.4 percent).
The biggest increases in shipments were reported for China (+28.2 percent); Japan (+24.3 percent); the United States (+17.8 percent); Czech Republic (+21.7 percent); the United Kingdom (+15.6 percent); Germany (+15.5 percent) and France (+8 percent).
Imports went up 9.4 percent to €24.6 billion, the most since June last year. The growth was led by increases in purchases of motor vehicles (+51.6 percent); machinery and equipment (+22.1 percent) and chemical and pharmaceutical products (+20.5 percent). In contrast, imports fell for natural gas (-27.4 percent) and coke and refined petroleum products (-33.3 percent). By main industrial groups, imports increased for: intermediate goods (+10.9 percent); capital goods (+24.7 percent); consumer goods (+10.8 percent) while fell for energy (-16.3 percent).
The growth in imports mainly reflected the increases in purchases from Germany (+19.5 percent); Spain (+14.7 percent); the United Kingdom (+20.3 percent); Czech Republic (+32.9 percent); Belgium (+19.9 percent); Japan (+28.1 percent) and the United States (+24.9 percent).