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Slovenia's export growth slows in 2018, still robust at 9.2%

Ljubljana, 07 February (STA) - Slovenia's export growth slowed to 9.2% in 2018 from over 13% in the year before. With imports growing at 11%, the trade surplus narrowed to the lowest level on record, the Statistics Office said on Thursday.

Exports amounted to a new record EUR 30.9bn and imports to an equally record EUR 30.6bn, but the trade surplus narrowed to just EUR 0.2bn from more than EUR 0.7bn in the year before.

The entire surplus is generated in trade with non-EU countries, while the trade balance with EU members has been negative for many years.

Germany remains by far the biggest trading partner, accounting for a fifth of exports and about a sixth of imports.

Just six countries - Germany, Italy, Croatia, Austria and France account for more than half of all trade.

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