Exports increased by 8.0 % to CZK 324.7bn and imports increased by 3.4 % to CZK 299.7bn. This is based on preliminary data from the Czech Statistical Office. The trade balance with EU28 states had an active balance of CZK 71.3bn (+ CZK 11.7bn). In the first nine months of 2019 the national trade surplus totaled CZK 141.2bn, up CZK 54.6bn. Since the start of the year exports increased by 4.0 % and imports by 2.0 %.