Stronger lobster imports in European markets during 2006
2006 was a buoyant year for lobster (Homarus species) imports in Europe with volumes up 22% in Spain, 16% in Italy and 6% in France following stronger supplies from North America. This trend was no doubt helped by the relative strength of the euro during last year which is reflected in lower import unit values, in euro terms, compared to 2005. Weaker prices meant that import increases were generally lower in value terms, as indicated in the table below.

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