Germany is Europe’s most powerful economy and the third largest export economy in the world. According to Destatis, the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, the country shipped €1.31 trillion worth of goods around the globe in 2018. Imports, on the other hand, reached €1.08 trillion in the same year. Reported as of September 3, 2019, Germany exported €676.25 billion worth of goods during the first 6 months of 2019 dropping -6.1% compared to the same period one year earlier. Imports to Germany dropped in €556.46 billion in 2019 first half from a year earlier.
Natural stone imports represent only 0.03% of the country’s total imports of goods for the first half of 2019. How has the growth rate of natural stones import value been differentiated from last year’s same period? Stonenews.eu after collecting, studying and editing the statistical data provided by Eurostat, is presenting the marble and granite import value growth per month during the first half of 2019.
As seen at the table above, marble blocks and slabs imports of Germany followed an upward trend until April, with the exception of March which showed the marginal decrease of 4%. May and June slided on -18.82% and -41.22% respectively. As for finished marble products, there was an overall upward trend compared to last year’s first half, again with the exception of May and June.
Granite blocks and slabs import value of Germany had several fluctuations during the first six months of 2019 compared to the same period of 2018. May scored 117.59% more than last year’s month, while January had an insignificant increase of 0.99%. On the other hand, February showed negative growth by -45.92% together with April by -30.50%. Finished granite products showed smaller changes.
*Due to consistent data flow, statistics may alter during the year