The euro area trade in goods balance with the rest of the world in September gave a 18.5 billion euro surplus, compared with 10.8 billion surplus in September 2013. The EU for September 2014 trade balance with the rest of the world was a 2.6 billion euro surplus, compared with a deficit of 0.7 billion in September 2013.
These figures were released Monday by Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.
The highest increases in EU exports were registered with China (+10% in January-August 2014 compared with January-August 2013), South Korea (+8%) and the United States (+4%), and for EU8 imports with South Korea (+9%), Turkey (+6%), China and Switzerland (both +5%). The most notable decreases were recorded for exports to Switzerland (-23%), Russia (-12%) and India (-9%), and for imports from Russia and Norway (both -8%) and Brazil (-5%).
The EU deficit for energy decreased to 230.6 billion euro in January-August 2014 compared with -253.3 billion euro in January-August 2013.