Spain’s marble and granite exports growth: January – May 2020

Spain has been recording a gradual and constant decline in their marble exports during the last years, both in raw marble in blocks and slabs and in finished marble products. However, granite has been steadily moving upwards. As seen in our previous report on Spain’s marble and granite products export growth in the first quarter of 2020, the country followed a similar trend. Was the picture the same in the following months or has it been affected by the ongoing crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic?, after collecting, studying and editing the statistical data provided by Eurostat, is presenting Spain’s marble and granite exports growth during the first five months of 2020, both for blocks and slabs and finished products, compared with last year’s same period of time as well as the last five months of 2019.

The downward trend of Spain’s marble exports continued till May 2020. Marble blocks and slabs followed a steadily declining course with minimum losses compared with the first quarter of the year, while finished marble products recorded a large fall, as the rates were almost doubled both in value and quantity of exports, either the case of the comparison was about last year’s same period or the last five months of 2019.

Things changed for granite exports during January – May 2020, as granite blocks and slabs export value recorded negative growth compared to 2019, contrary to the quantity of exports growth which remained positive, leading to the conclusion that Spain exported at lower prices. Finished granite products exports, on the other hand, continued to fall at a much higher rate than the first quarter of 2020.

In the first five months of 2020 Spain managed to extend their marble blocks and slabs export value to € 17.74 million, their finished marble products to € 47.49 million, their granite blocks and slabs to € 14.63 million and their finished granite products to € 38.43 million.

*Due to consistent data flow, statistics may alter during the year