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Foreign trade with non-EU countries

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

In May 2019 exports to non-EU countries increased by 7.8% and imports increased by 4.1% compared with the same month of the previous year.

The trade balance showed a surplus of 3,108 million euro compared with a 2,362 million euro surplus in the same month of 2018.

In May 2019, in seasonally-adjusted terms, exports increased by 0.8% and imports increased by 0.7% compared with April 2019. Over the last three months, seasonally-adjusted data showed a 0.5% increased in outgoing flows and a 0.2% increased in incoming flows in comparison with the previous three months.

In the period January-May 2019 exports to non-EU countries increased by 4.4% and imports increased by 4.4% compared with the same period of 2018.

The trade balance registered a surplus of 9,963 million euro compared to the surplus of 9,505 million euro in the same period of 2018. Excluding energy, the trade balance presented a surplus of 26,255 million euro compared with a 25,149 million euro surplus in January-May 2018.

Reference period: May 2019

Date of Issue: 27 June 2019

Next release: 25 July 2019

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