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Foreign trade with non-EU countries

Istat presents preliminary data on Italy’s foreign trade with non-EU countries in January 2019. The results of the survey on total foreign trade in January 2019 will be disseminated on coming 19 March 2019.

In January 2019 exports to non-EU countries increased by 5.5% and imports increased by 5.6% compared with the same month of the previous year.

In January 2019, in seasonally-adjusted terms, exports increased by 5.9% and imports decreased by 2.6% compared with December 2018. Over the last three months, seasonally-adjusted data showed a 1.3% increased in outgoing flows and a 2.8% decreased in incoming flows in comparison with the previous three months.

The trade balance registered a deficit of 578 million euro compared with 526 million euro of deficit in the same period of 2018. Excluding energy, the trade balance presented a surplus of 2,726 million euro (Table 2) compared with a 2,449 million euro surplus in January 2018.

Reference period: January 2019

Date of Issue: 27 February 2019

Next release: 27 March 2019

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