By Andrew Bushe
DUBLIN — Irish exports to countries outside the EU soared by 94 percent in October, compared to the same month last year, with a huge surge in U.S. trade, new figures show.
Total exports for the year to October were up 47 percent to almost £21.5 billion, while imports increased by 24 percent to almost £13.7 billion.
Nearly £11 billion of the exports went to the U.S.
The figures from the Central Statistics Office show the biggest export increases were for organic chemicals, up 130 percent, and computer equipment, up 40 percent.
The biggest non-EU export increases were to the U.S., up 62 percent, and Japan, up 63 percent.
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Exports of telecommunications and sound equipment fell by 15 percent to £649 million.