Exports decreased slightly by 0.73 percent from March to April and reached € 35.9 billion. Lower sales were recorded for refined petroleum products, automobiles, metals, chemicals and jewelry. Shipments of war materials also slowed and those of pharmaceuticals crushed. In contrast, exports of industrial machinery and ships increased.
Imports decreased to € 39.9 million in April due to lower purchases of pharmaceutical products, following a surge in March. Imports of uranium, copper, electronic and mechanic equipment also decreased during the month while energy purchases increased slightly.
Year-on-year, exports fell 6.4 percent and imports shrank 5.5 percent.