Exports rise 11.2% in January-June, imports up by 10.9%

Ljubljana, 09 August (STA) - Slovenia's merchandise exports rose 11.2% in the first six months of 2018 compared to the same period last year, whereas imports grew at a slightly slower pace, 10.9%. The export-import ratio stood at 102.8%, the Statistics Office said on Thursday.

The figures show Slovenia's economy humming along, but the monthly data also indicate that growth, though still robust, is slowing down.

In June exports were up 9% year-on-year and import growth stood at 8.4%, down from double-digit growth rates recorded every month of 2018 except March.

EU member states accounted for 76.6% of exports in June and 78% of imports, with Germany and Italy the principle export destinations and sources of imports.