Preliminary figures for January 2015 show that seasonally adjusted exports decreased by €443 million (-5 percent) to €8,351 million from December 2014. Seasonally adjusted imports decreased by €30 million (-1 percent).
Year-on-year, exports rose 15 percent. The main drivers were sales of medical and pharmaceutical products which increased 26 percent and exports of organic chemicals which increased 18 percent.
Imports increased 5 percent, driven by purchases of organic chemicals (+61 percent) and road vehicles (+32 percent). Imports of petroleum and related materials decreased 26 percent.