The value of exports of goods amounted to €34.5 billion, 1.9 percent more than a year earlier. The value of imports increased by 1.7 percent to €31.2 billion.
The volume of sales of goods in December was 0.1 percent higher than a year earlier, down from 1.1 percent in November. The volume of purchases increased by 0.8 percent after a slight contraction in November.
Both the input and the output value of industrial products, machinery and transport equipment rose sharply. Exports to countries outside the EU was clearly lower than a year earlier.
Import and export prices in December were at a lower level than a year earlier. Export prices fell by 0.9 percent and import prices by 1.8 percent. The terms of trade improved when compared to December 2012.