Preliminary figures from the Central Statistics Office for June 2015 show seasonally adjusted exports remained relatively unchanged at €9.01bn compared to the previous month.

However, seasonally adjusted imports for June decreased by €213m (-4%) to €4.99bn, leading to an increase of €230m (+6%) in the seasonally adjusted trade surplus to €4.1bn in June.

The unadjusted value of exports for June was €9.65bn, representing an increase of €1.6bn (+19%) when compared with June of last year.

The main driver behind the June increase was the rise in the exports of medical and pharmaceutical products by €590m (+31%) to €2.5bn, while exports of machinery and transport equipment increased by €352m (+36%) to €1.3bn during the month.

The EU accounted for €5.62bn (58%) of total Irish exports in June, of which €1.49bn (15%) went to Belgium and €1.21bn (13%) to Great Britain.

The USA was the main non-EU destination, accounting for €1.88bn (20%) of total exports in June.

Meanwhile, the unadjusted value of imports for June was €5.08bn representing an increase of €249m (+5%) when compared with June 2014.

During June of this year imports of medical and pharmaceutical products increased by €254m (+73%) to €604m.

Imports into Ireland were lower in June across industries

Imports of other transport equipment, including aircraft, into Ireland fell by €327m (-50%) and imports of petroleum fell by €140m (-34%) in June compared with June of last year.

The value of imports for June excluding other transport equipment, including aircraft was €4.75bn - an increase of €576m (+14%) when compared with the corresponding June 2014 figure of €4.12bn.

The EU accounted for 61% of the value of imports in June, with €1.33bn (26%) of total imports coming from Great Britain.

The USA with €707m and China with €347m were the main non-EU sources of imports.