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Foreign trade with non-EU countries

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Istat presents preliminary data on Italy’s foreign trade with non-EU countries in March 2019. The results of the survey on total foreign trade in March 2019 will be disseminated on coming 16 May 2019.

In March 2019 exports to non-EU countries decreased by 2.7% and imports decreased by 0.5% compared with the same month of the previous year.

The trade balance showed a surplus of 3,415 million euro compared with a 3,833 million euro surplus in the same month of 2018.

In March 2019, in seasonally-adjusted terms, exports decreased by 0.4% and imports increased by 0.4% compared with February 2019. Over the last three months, seasonally-adjusted data showed a 0.3% increased in outgoing flows and a 4.7% decreased in incoming flows in comparison with the previous three months.

In the period January-March 2019 exports to non-EU countries increased by 2.5% and imports increased by 3.5% compared with the same period of 2018.

The trade balance registered a surplus of 4,985 million euro compared to the surplus of 5,281 million euro in the same period of 2018. Excluding energy, the trade balance presented a surplus of 14,421 million euro (Table 2) compared with a 14,608 million euro surplus in January-March 2018.

Reference period: March 2019

Date of Issue: 24 April 2019

Next release: 28 May 2019