BRUSSELS, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- The eurozone was expected to register a trade surplus of 7.1 billion euros (9.5 billion U.S. dollars) in August, up from a surplus of 4.6 billion euros in the same period last year, the European Union (EU) statistics office said Wednesday.
On a monthly basis, eurozone seasonally-adjusted exports rose by 1 percent and imports by 0.2 percent in August.
The EU also recorded a trade deficit of 2.8 billion euros, compared with a deficit of 14.9 billion euros in the same month last year and a surplus of 10.3 billion euros in July this year, said Eurostat.
From January to July, the EU trade deficit for energy decreased, while the surplus for manufactured goods increased. In the same period, EU imports from most of its major trade partners fell compared with the same period last year, except for Turkey and India, which grew by 4 percent and 1 percent respectively.
Among member states, Germany had the largest surplus in the first seven months of this year at 114.4 billion euros, while France registered the largest deficit at 44.2 billion euros. (1 U.S. dollar = 0.75 euro)