The Dutch trade surplus fell to €2.9bn in February as growth in imports outstripped the increase in exports, the national statistics office CBS said on Friday.
Exports rose 11% to €36bn while imports were up 16% at just over €33bn.
The trade surplus was nearly €4bn in February 2011.
The CBS said the figures had not been corrected for the leap year effect, which means February 2012 had one more working day.
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