Size of Catalan exports during 2013 was fairly constant and was established in the amount of 58,359 million euros at the end of last year. The European Union continues to be the main export destination of Catalonia, but at the same time grows the share of presence of other countries.
The 58,359 million euros of Catalan exports was 0.1% more than the result of the past in 2012, as reported by the Department of Enterprise and Employment of the Government of Catalonia, and is a “historical record” achieved by autonomy. Although the growth rate is small, the overall evolution is assessed as positive, assured the Secretary General for Economic Affairs of Catalonia, Pere Torres.
Among the products exported form Catalonia dominate the goods of textile, electronics, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Despite the fact that the European Union continues to occupy the first place among the major export destinations of Catalonia with a share of 62.7% for 2013 recorded a significant increase in the share of other countries, from 25.9 % last year to 37.3 % in 2013 the total turnover. In addition, the number of permanent export enterprises, those companies that export products from Catalonia during at least 4 years, is 14,680 , which is also a historical record of autonomy. A total of 49,050 Catalan enterprises are engaged in export activities, according to official Government Authority.
Last year, the second consecutive year, Catalonia became the first region of continental Europe in the size of attracted investments, according to a specialized company of the 'Financial Times'.
The General Counselor for Economic Affairs of Catalonia Felip Puych also noted that at the moment the main purpose of the export policy of Catalonia is the expansion of the geographical area and an increase of number of Catalan companies in the international market .
In 2013 Catalonia attracted 222.15 million of foreign investment, 33 % less than last year, but thanks to this were created 2,600 new jobs in the autonomy.
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