The EU trade in goods balance with the rest of the world in June 2014 recorded a surplus of 2.9 billion euro, compared with 8.6 billion euro surplus in June 2013.
The euro area trade in goods balance with the rest of the world in June 2014 gave a 16.8 billion euro surplus, compared with 15.7 billion euro in June 2013.
These figures were released by Eurostat, the EU statistical office Monday.
The highest increases in EU exports were registered with China (+10% in January-May 2014 compared with January-May 2013) and South Korea (+8%), and for EU imports with South Korea (+10%), Switzerland and Turkey (both +6%).
The most notable decreases were recorded for EU exports to Switzerland (-22%), Russia (-12%) and India (-11%), and for imports from Russia (-8%), Brazil (-7%) and Japan (-6%).
The EU deficit for energy decreased to 145.4 billion euro in January-May 2014 compared with 156.6 billion euro in January-May 2013.