DUBLIN, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Ireland's July goods exports decreased by 5.4 percent year-on-year, but its exports to China increased by 8.59 percent, according to the latest figures released by the country's Central Statistics Office (CSO).
In July, Ireland exported a total of 12.87 billion euros (about 15 billion U.S. dollars) worth of goods, of which 1.087 billion euros worth of goods went to China.
In the month, Ireland also witnessed a year-on-year drop of 7.56 percent in its goods imports while its imports from China also slipped by 1.84 percent.
Ireland imported a total of 7.74 billion euros worth of goods in July, of which China accounted for 639 million euros.
In the Jan.-July period of this year, Ireland exported 93.89 billion euros worth of goods, down 1.85 percent year-on-year, while its exports to China increased by 0.1 percent year-on-year to 6.7 billion euros.
The total value of the goods imported by Ireland in the first seven months was 55.97 billion euros, up 15.17 percent year-on-year, while its imports from China were valued at 4.16 billion euros, up 11.63 percent.
The CSO statistics also showed that China continued to be the fifth largest market for Ireland both in terms of imports and exports in the first seven months. (1 euro = 1.173 U.S. dollars)