Friday 23 March 2018

Brendan Keenan: Surplus in trade hits €4.4bn as exports surge 8pc

Brendan Keenan

EXPORTS surged to a record monthly high in July, the latest official data shows.

Exports came to almost €7.9bn -- an 8pc increase in the month -- when seasonal factors are taken into account. With imports down 1pc, the trade surplus set a monthly record of €4.4bn.

Monthly trade figures are volatile. On a more reliable six-month basis, exports this year were 1pc down on January-June last year.

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