Exports tumbled 4.9 percent from month earlier to EUR 41.9 billion in June 2019. Declines in shipments were recorded in all categories, mostly transport equipment (-3.8 percent), of which aerospace products; mechanical, electrical, electronic and computer equipment (-4.3 percent); other industrial products (-0.3 percent); food products (-4.4 percent); coke and refined petroleum products (-14.7 percent); pharmaceuticals (-5.3 percent); steel and primary steel products (-6.2 percent) and agricultural, forestry, fishery and aquaculture products (-3.5 percent).
Among major trading partners, overseas sales fell to the EU (-0.8 percent), Asia (-14.4 percent), America (-0.7 percent) and Africa (-7.7 percent), but rose to the Middle East (2.6 percent).
Imports decreased at a slower 0.6 percent to EUR 47.1 billion, mainly dragged down by lower purchases of natural hydrocarbons, mining products, electricity (-5 percent) and coke and refined petroleum products (-6.7 percent). Meanwhile, those of transport equipment rose (0.5 percent), as an increase in purchases of vehicles offset a decline in imports of aerospace products. Also, purchases went up for mechanical, electrical, electronic and computer equipment (0.8 percent); textiles, clothing, leather and shoes (0.7 percent) and jewelry, toys, furniture (3.8 percent).
Among major trading partners, imports shrank from the EU (-1.2 percent), America (-1.1 percent) and the Middle East (-18.4 percent), while increased from Asia (2 percent) and Africa (6.5 percent).