first_imgMore: Irish exports at highest levels since 2002 > NEW CENTRAL STATISTICS Office figures show an increase of exports by €154 million or 2.2 per cent to €7 billion from January 2013.Meanwhile, seasonally adjusted imports decreased by €69 million or -2 per cent to €3.8 billion.This resulted in an 8 per cent trade surplus of €3.1 billion.Comparing February this year with the same month last year, the value of exports decreased by 10 per cent to €6.6 billion. The main changes in the export market were decreases in the exports of medical and pharmaceutical products (-15 per cent) and organic chemicals (-18 per cent).Overall, the EU accounted for 58 per cent of total exports and America was the main non-EU destination accounting for 22 per cent of all exports in February.ImportsComparing February this year with February last year, the value of imports decreased by 2 per cent, while imports of petroleum and related materials decreased by 21 per cent.Two-thirds of imports in February came from the EU, with one-third coming from Great Britain, 9 per cent from the USA and 6 per cent from China.Read: Cost of living in Ireland rises 0.4 per cent in March >last_img

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