Exports to the UK rose by 10% to €1.131 billion in April compared to the same month last year on the back of higher levels of mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials and chemicals exports.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show that exports to Britain accounted for 9% of total exports in April.

It also noted that the value of exports to the UK in the first four months of 2019 totalled €4.752 billion, an increase of 8% on the first four months of 2018.

Meanwhile, imports from the UK rose by 8% to €1.519 billion in April on the back of increases in the imports of mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials and machinery and transport equipment 

The value of imports from the UK for the first four months of the year stood at €6.708 billion, a rise of 15% on the same time last year. 

Overall, the CSO said that exports increased by 13% to €12.455 billion in April compared with March 2019. 

Seasonally adjusted goods imports increased by 2% to €7.101 billion, which resulted in an increase of 34% in the seasonally adjusted trade surplus to €5.355 billion in April.

The CSO said that the EU accounted for 46% of total goods exports in April, of which €1.220 billion went to Belgium and just over €1 billion was exported to Germany. 

The US was the main non-EU destination accounting for 32% of total exports in April, the CSO added. 

Meanwhile, the EU accounted for 58% of total goods imports in April, down 4% on the same time last year. 

The US with 18% and China with 6% were the main non-EU sources of imports, the CSO figures show.