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Press release

Foreign trade

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Istat presents data on Italy’s foreign trade as well as unit value and volume indices (base year 2005=100) referring to September 2012. The results of the flash estimates on extra-EU trade for September 2012 were disseminated on October 23th.

  • Compared to the previous month, export in September decreased by 2.0% reflecting sales drop for both European (-2,1%) and non-European (-2.0%) markets. The decline in imports (-4.2%) is due to the reduction in purchases by European countries (-4.4%) and non-European countries (-3.9%). In the quarter (July-September 2012), exports growth (+1.6%) is mainly due to an increase in sales to EU (+2.3%). The increase in import (+0.3%) is the due to an increase of purchases of goods from EU (+0.6%).
  • In September 2012, compared with the same month of the previous year, export decreased by 4.2% and affects EU markets (-7.6%). The decrease of imports (-10.6%) was due to reduced purchases for both EU countries (-13.0%) and extra-UE countries (-7.6%). In September, trade balance amounted to +408 million euros: +1.2 billion for EU countries and -594 millions for non-EU countries. Net of energy products, the balance was 5.4 billion euros (Table 2).

Reference period: September 2012

Date of Issue: 16 November 2012

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Since March 17, 2016 data on foreign trade have been published in the press release Foreign trade and industrial import prices