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Foreign trade and industrial import prices

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In August 2019 seasonally-adjusted data, compared to July 2019 were stable for outgoing flows and increased for incoming flows (+1.8%). Exports rose for non EU countries (+0.6%) and fell for EU countries (-0.4%). Imports increased by +3.5% for EU countries and decreased by -0.6% for non EU countries.

Over the last three months, seasonally-adjusted data, compared to the previous three months, increased for exports (+0.4%) and dropped for imports (-0.9%).

In August 2019, compared with the same month of the previous year, both exports and imports decreased (-3.4% and -4.1% respectively). Outgoing flows dropped by -5.2% for EU countries and by -1.4% for non EU countries. Incoming flows fell both for non EU area and EU area (-6.2% and -2.4% respectively). The trade balance in August 2019 amounted to +2,585 million Euros (+2,326 million Euros for non EU area and +259 million Euros for EU countries).

In August 2019, the total import prices index decreased by 0.7% compared to the previous month (unchanged for the euro zone and decreased by 1.3% for the non-euro zone); the total twelve-month rate of change decreased by 2.5% (decreased by 0.2% for the euro zone and by 4.6% for the non-euro zone).

The quarterly total index of import prices decreased by 1.3% compared to the previous period (decreased by 0.2% for the euro zone and by 2.1% for the non-euro zone).

Reference period: August 2019

Date of Issue: 17 October 2019

Next release: 15 November 2019

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The documents published before 17 March, 2016 are available in the archives of Foreign trade and Industrial import prices