According to Eurostat, Romania’s exports grew by 26 per cent, this being the 4th largest growth in the EU against the backdrop in which only one member state reported a drop in exports. Romania’s imports hike was the 10th largest. Romania’s overall exports grew from EUR 21.2 bln in January-September 2009 to EUR 26.8 bln in the same period this year. Bulgaria reported the highest exports hike (+33 per cent), followed by Latvia (+29 per cent), Lithuania and Estonia (+28 per cent). Hungary reported a growth of 21 per cent. In Germany, Europe’s largest economy, exports grew by 19 per cent. Luxembourg was the only country whose exports dropped (-4 per cent). Romania’s imports went from EUR 28.4 bln in the first nine months of 2009 to EUR 33.8 bln in the same period this year.