28 September, 2005
Greece's trade deficit fell by 500 million euros to total 14.7 billion euros in the first six months of 2005 compared with the same period last year, Eurostat said on Tuesday.
The EU executive's statistics agency said Greek exports totalled 6.4 billion euros in the January-June period, while imports totalled 21.1 billion euros over the same period. Compared with the same period in 2004, Greek exports rose 7.0 percent (from 5.9 bln to 6.4 bln euros), while imports were stable at 21.1 billion euros.
Eurostat said Germany recorded the biggest trade surplus in the EU-25 with 83.5 billion euros, followed by Holland (19.5 bln) and Ireland (17 bln euros). The UK (47.5 bln euros), Spain (34.7 bln), Greece (14.7 bln) and France (13.9 bln euros) recorded the biggest trade deficits in the first half of 2005.
Eurozone recoded a trade surplus of 7.2 billion euros with the rest of the world in the January-June period, while the EU-25 a trade deficit of 3.2 billion euros.
Source: Athens News Agency