In September 2013, the volume of exports of goods was 0.6 percent down from September 2012. In the preceding three months, exports grew around 2 percent. The volume of imports rose by 1.6 percent in September. In August, this volume shrank by 2.1 percent.
The value of exported goods amounted to € 35.1 billion, equaling the level in September 2012. The value of imported goods increased by 1.4 percent to 31.9 billion euros. The trade surplus amounted to € 3.3 billion, a decrease of € 0.4 billion compared to September 2012.
Just as in the preceding six months, import and export prices were below the level of one year previously: 2.9 and 2.0 percent lower respectively. As a result, the terms of trade improved from September 2012.