DUBLIN, April 14 (Xinhua) -- There was a 3-percent rise in the value of Irish exports in February compared with the same month of 2013, according to latest figures released on Monday.
Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed the value of exports stood at 6.79 billion euros (9.39 billion U.S. dollars) during the month, up 168 million euros on February last year.
The main drivers were increases in exports of food and live animals, essential oils and organic chemicals.
On an overall basis, the European Union (EU) accounted for 55 percent of total exports in February 2014. The United States was the main non-EU destinations, accounting for 22 percent of total exports in February 2014.
Meanwhile, the value of imports rose on an annual basis, up 3 percent to just above 4 billion euros. Imports of machinery specialized for particular industries increased by 105 million euros.
The EU accounted for 65 percent of the value of imports in February 2014, with 31 percent coming from Britain. The United States and China were the main non-EU sources of imports.