In the quarter ended in August 2015, exports and imports of goods increased by 5.8% and 2.4% respectively, when compared with the quarter ended in August 2014. Trade balance deficit decreased by EUR 331.1 million to EUR –2 425.7 million and the coverage rate increased to 83.9% (+2.7 percentage points when compared with the same period of the previous year).
In August 2015, in terms of year-on-year change rates, exports of goods increased by 3.3% and imports of goods grew by 1.7% (+4.8% and -0.9% respectively in July 2015).
In the first semester of 2015, Vehicles and other transport equipment were the main cause behind the growth recorded in imports as a whole. When compared with the same period of 2014, imports of these types of goods increased by 21.4%, having kept the trend recorded in 2013 and 2014 and following steep declines in 2011 and 2012.