Croatia's exports rose by 2.7% in the first two months of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015, while imports went up by 3.3%, according to preliminary figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Friday.
In January and February 2016 Croatia exported HRK 12.75 billion worth of commodities, which was 2.66% more than in the corresponding period of 2015. At the same time, imports increased by 3,35% to HRK 20.5 billion.
The trade deficit was HRK 7.8 billion, up 4.5%, while coverage of imports by exports decreased by 0.4 percentage points to 62.1%.
Exports to EU countries rose by 0.8% to HRK 8.6 billion, while imports from the EU increased by 4.5% to HRK 16.7 billion. Exports to non-EU countries went up by 6.8% to EUR 4.16 billion, while imports from those countries fell by 1.42% to HRK 3.8 billion.
In January alone, exports grew by 3.4% and imports by 10%.
(EUR 1 = HRK 7.505461)