Imports slumped 1.6 percent from a month earlier to EUR 46.1 billion in September, driven by a drop in purchases of automotive industry products (-7.5 percent); metallurgical and metal products (-5.6 percent); computer, electronic and optical products (-5.1 percent); and industrial and agricultural machinery (-1.7 percent). Contrarily, imports of natural hydrocarbons, mining products, electricity jumped 20.3 percent.
Among major trading partners, imports declined mainly from Germany (-1.2 percent), China & Hong Kong (-4.3 percent), Italy (-1.3 percent), Spain (-5.5 percent) and Belgium (-0.9 percent).
Meanwhile, exports fell 1.8 percent to EUR 40.4 billion in September as sales declined mostly for industrial and agricultural machinery (-5.1 percent); automotive industry products (-4.6 percent); chemical products (-2.6 percent); and food industry products (-2.5 percent), namely meat & meat products (-4.1 percent) and fruit & vegetables (-3.2 percent). On the other hand, sales went up for aerospace industry products (4.1 percent).
Among major trading partners, exports declined mostly to Spain (-0.7 percent), Italy (-4.1 percent), the US (-11.8 percent) and Belgium (-4.3 percent), while edged up to Germany (0.3 percent).