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Foreign trade and import prices

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In September 2018 seasonally-adjusted data, compared to August 2018, decreased both for outgoing flows (-2.1%) and for incoming flows (-0.3%). Exports fell both for non EU countries and EU countries (-2.9% and -1.4% respectively). Imports rose for non EU countries (+4.1%) and decreased for EU countries (-3.4%).

Over the last three months, seasonally-adjusted data showed both an increase for exports (+0.3%) and for imports (+2.9%) compared with three months earlier.

In September 2018, exports fell (-2.8%) while imports raised (+5.7%), compared with the same month of the previous year. Outgoing flows decreased by 7.1% for non EU countries and increased by 0.4% for EU countries. Incoming flows increased by 17.6% for non EU area and dropped by 1.6% for EU area. In September the trade balance amounted to +1,274 million Euros (+91 million Euros for non EU area and +1,183 million Euros for EU countries).

Final data revision on foreign trade related to year 2017 are released today. Raw data, seasonally-adjusted data and index numbers have been revised. Latest figures can be found at coeweb.istat.it. Models for seasonal adjustement have been re-identified.

In September 2018 the total import price index increased by 0.4% compared with the previous month (the index increased by 0.7% for the non-euro zone and stayed unchanged for the euro zone); the total twelve-month rate of change increased by 5.1% (respectively +1.6% for the euro zone and +8.2% for the non-euro zone).

The quarterly total index of import price increased by 1.4% compared with the previous period. It increased by 0.6% for the euro zone and by 1.9% for the non-euro zone.

Reference period: September 2018

Date of Issue: 16 November 2018

Next release: 17 December 2018



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