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Foreign trade and import prices

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Istat presents data on Italy’s foreign trade as well as unit value and volume indices (base year 2015=100) referring to June 2018.

  • In June 2018 seasonally-adjusted data, compared to May 2018, increased for outgoing flows (4.6%) and for incoming flows and (+0.3%). Exports rose for both non EU and EU countries (+8.0% and +2.1% respectively). Imports raised for non EU countries (+2.1%) and decreased for EU countries (-0.9%). Over the last three months, seasonally-adjusted data, compared to the three months earlier, showed an increase for exports (+1.1%) and for imports (+2.5%).
  • In June 2018, compared with the same month of the previous year, both exports (+6.6%) and import (+5.9%) increased. Outgoing flows raised by 8.0% for non EU countries and for 5.6% for EU countries. Incoming flows increased by 8.0% for non EU area and by 4.5% for EU area. The trade balance in June 2018 amounted to +5,071 million Euros (+3,551 million Euros for non EU area and +1,520 million Euros for EU countries).

The import price index measures the evolution of prices for industrial products bought by industrial and commercial enterprises in Italy, both in the euro zone and the non-euro zone. Since January 2018 indices are compiled in the reference base 2015.

In June 2018 the total import price index increased by 1.1 % compared to the previous month (the index increased by 0.5% for the euro zone and increased by 1.6% for the non-euro zone); the total twelve-month rate of change increased by 3.5% (respectively increased by 0.9% for the euro zone and by 6.1% for the non-euro zone).

The quarterly total index increased by 1.2% compared to the previous period, it increased by 0.2% for the euro zone and by 2.2% for the non-euro zone.

Reference period: June 2018

Date of Issue: 10 August 2018

Next release: September 17th 2018