Preliminary figures for August 2012 have shown a seasonally adjusted increase in exports of €1.3 billion (or 16 per cent) compared with July.
Seasonally adjusted imports increased by €215 million (or five per cent) resulting in an increase of €1 billion(or 27 per cent) in the seasonally adjusted trade surplus.
Comparing August 2012 with August 2011, the value of exports increased by €1.3 billion. The main drivers were organic chemicals, medical and pharmaceutical products and essential oils.
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