In April 2017, exports and imports of goods recorded year-on-year nominal growth rates of +0.4% and +10.8% respectively (+23.8% and +14.9% in the same order, in March 2017). Excluding Fuels and lubricants, exports decreased by 2.3% and imports grew by 6.1% (+21.1% and +15.0% respectively, in March 2017).
The deficit of trade balance reached EUR 1,239 million in April 2017, increasing by EUR 509 million when compared with April 2016. Excluding Fuels and lubricants, the trade balance stood at EUR -900 million, corresponding to an increase of EUR 367 million in the trade deficit compared with April 2016.
In the quarter ended in April 2017, exports and imports of goods increased by 11.1% and 11.8% respectively, vis-à-vis the quarter ended in April 2016.