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Foreign trade with non-EU countries

Istat presents preliminary data on Italy’s foreign trade with non-EU countries in December 2017. The results of the survey on total foreign trade in December 2017 will be disseminated on coming 15 February.

In December 2017 exports to non-EU countries increased by 1.9% and imports decreased by 1.7% compared with the same month of the previous year. The trade balance showed a surplus of 6,243 million euro compared with a 5,689 million euro surplus in the same month of 2016.

In December 2017, in seasonally-adjusted terms, exports decreased by 1.8% and imports increased by 1.6% compared with November 2017. Over the last three months, seasonally-adjusted data showed a 4.1% increased in outgoing flows and a 4.1% increased in incoming flows in comparison with the previous three months.

In the period January-December 2017 exports to non-EU countries increased by 8.2% and imports increased by 10.8% compared with the same period of
2016. The trade balance registered a surplus of 39,185 million euro compared to the surplus of 39,567 million euro in the same period of 2016. Excluding energy, the trade balance presented a surplus of 71,925 million euro (Table 3) compared with a 65,625 million euro surplus in January-December 2016.

Reference period: December 2017

Date of Issue: 25 January 2018

Next release: February 27th 2018

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