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In the first four months of 2019, Croatian commodity exports totaled 35.9 billion crowns, representing an increase of 7.7 percent in the year, while imports increased 8.7 percent to 61.3 billion of crowns, said the national statistics office on Friday.

The trade deficit was HRK 25.5 billion, 2.3 billion less than in the first four months of 2018. The index of exports and imports fell from 59 percent in that period to 58.5 percent.

Exports of basic products to the EU totaled HRK 24.5 billion, an increase of 5.8 percent in the year, while exports to non-EU countries increased by 12 percent to HRK 11.4 thousand millions.

Imports of EU commodities increased 11.4 percent to 50 billion crowns, while imports from non-EU countries fell 2 percent to 11.3 billion crowns.

Expressed in euros, exports of basic products in the first four months of 2019 totaled 4.83 billion, 8.2 percent more in the year, while imports increased 9.2 percent to 8, 3 billion. The trade deficit was EUR 433 billion, compared to 3.1 billion in the first four months of 2018.