Exports rose 6.2 percent from a month earlier to an all-time high of EUR 43.2 billion in October as sales increased mostly for aerospace industry products (7.4 percent), automotive industry products (2.7 percent), food products (3.1 percent), chemicals (8 percent) and industrial and agricultural machinery (2.3 percent).
Among major trading partners, exports grew mostly to the US (38.7 percent), Spain (4.4 percent), Italy (1.1 percent) and the UK (9.7 percent), but declined to Germany (-1.6 percent).
Imports increased 2.5 percent to a record EUR 47.3 billion in October, driven by purchases of automotive industry products (7.3 percent); industrial and agricultural machinery (4.1 percent); computer, electronic and optical products (4.9 percent); and chemicals (5.8 percent). Contrarily, imports of natural hydrocarbons, mining products, electricity dropped 7 percent.
Among major trading partners, imports rose mainly from China & Hong Kong (9.5 percent) and Spain (10.5 percent), while there were falls from Germany (-1 percent) and Belgium (-2 percent). Imports from Italy were unchanged.