(AGI) Brussels, July 16 - The euro area recorded an externaltrade surplus of 15.4 billion euros in May, up from 14.6billion euros in the same period of 2013, the European Union'sStatistics Office data showed on Wednesday. The trade surplusof the 18 countries sharing the euro in the first five monthsof the year grew to over 60 billion euros. Exports increased0.6 percent and imports grew 0.5 percent. . .