In July, sales to the EU grew by 6.7 percent to EUR 59.9 billion, of which the Euro area countries (6.9 percent to EUR 37.9 billion) and other European countries (6.4 percent to EUR 21.9 billion). In addition, sales to countries outside the Euro area went up 9.7 percent to EUR 43.8 billion.
Imports from the EU rose 8.4 percent to EUR 55.6 billion, of which the Euro area countries (7.5 percent to EUR 37.9 billion) and other European countries (10.4 percent to EUR 17.6 billion). Meantime, inbound shipments from countries outside the Euro area jumped by 11.5 percent to EUR 28.6 billion.
Considering January to July 2017, the trade surplus was registered at EUR 122.04 billion, down from EUR 148.38 billion in the same period of 2016.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the trade surplus also came in at EUR 19.5 billion, down from EUR 21.2 billion in June. Exports edged up 0.2 percent, following a downwardly revised 2.7 percent drop in a month earlier and imports were up 2.2 percent, compared to a downwardly revised 4.4 percent decline in June.