Dutch exports nearly 4 percent up in December
The volume of exports of goods grew nearly 4 percent in December relative to twelve months previously according to Statistics Netherlands.
The growth figure for October and November was approximately 5 percent. The volume of imports grew by nearly 5 percent in December, about the same growth rate as in the two preceding months. Volume figures are adjusted for the number of working days.
The value of exported goods totalled 34.0 billion euro, i.e. 1.5 percent down from twelve months previously. The value of imported goods rose by 0.4 percent to 30.5 billion euro, resulting in a trade surplus of 3.5 billion euro, a decrease by 0.6 billion euro relative to December 2011. The value figures have not been adjusted for calendar effects. December 2012 had two working days less than December 2011.
The value of imports and exports of mineral fuels improved substantially in December. Trade with EU countries slowed down, but trade with non-EU countries grew marginally.
Export and import prices were respectively 0.5 and 0.7 percent higher than one year previously. As a result, terms of trade deteriorated slightly compared to December 2011.