The eurozone registered a trade surplus of 18.2 billion euros in July, up from a surplus of 13.9 billion euros in the same period last year, European Union (EU) statistics office said Tuesday.
The July surplus was also larger than the 16.5 billion euros recorded in June, Eurostat figures showed.
In July, the EU recorded a trade surplus of 10.4 billion euros, compared with a surplus of 1.3 billion euros in the same month last year and a surplus of 9 billion euros in June this year, said Eurostat.
Eurostat also released the trade figures for the first six months of this year. From January to June, the EU trade deficit for energy decreased, while the surplus for manufactured goods increased.
In the first half of this year, EU imports from most of its major trade partners fell compared with the same period last year, except for Turkey and India, which grew by 3 percent each.
As for exports, the pattern was mixed. The largest increase was registered for exports to Switzerland, at 33 percent, and the largest fall for exports were to the United States, China, Japan and India, all at 2 percent.
For member states, Germany had the largest surplus in the first six months of this year at 98 billion euros, while France registered the largest deficit at 38 billion euros.