Prague - The Czech Republic's foreign trade surplus grew by Kc45.1bn year-on-year to Kc350.8bn last year, the Czech Statistical Office (CSU) said.
In December 2013 the surplus reached Kc9.6bn, a growth of Kc4.2bn compared with December 2012.
Exports grew by 2.8 percent and imports by 1.4 percent last year. External trade turnover increased by Kc124bn to Kc5,963.5bn.
In December, the CSU registered a two-digit growth in exports and imports. Exports grew by 18.3 percent yr/yr and imports by 16.8 percent in current prices. The results were influenced by the low comparative basis of December 2012.
Last year´s surplus rose in machinery and transport equipment and miscellaneous manufactured articles, for example. Deficit deepened in mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials.
In December, surplus was higher by machinery and transport equipment and industrial consumer goods. Deficit increased by mineral fuels, beverages and tobacco and chemical products. Surplus in trade in semi-finished products and materials fell.
Exports and imports of machinery and transport equipment grew by 21.9 percent and 19.9 percent, respectively. An increase was registered in exports and imports in particular by road vehicles, electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances and telecommunication telecommunications and sound-recording equipment.