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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 August 2019. The results of the survey on total foreign trade in August 2019 will be disseminated on coming 17 October 2019.

In August 2019 exports to non-EU countries decreased by 1.4% and imports decreased by 6.2% compared with the same month of the previous year.

The trade balance showed a surplus of 2,334 million euro compared with a 1,747 million euro surplus in the same month of 2018.

In August 2019, in seasonally-adjusted terms, exports increased by 0.7% and imports decreased by 0.6% compared with July 2019. Over the last three months, seasonally-adjusted data showed a 2.1% increased in outgoing flows and a 0.2% increased in incoming flows in comparison with the previous three months.

In the period January- August 2019 exports to non-EU countries increased by 3.4% and imports increased by 1.8% compared with the same period of 2018.

The trade balance registered a surplus of 20,195 million euro compared to the surplus of 17,802 million euro in the same period of 2018. Excluding energy, the trade balance presented a surplus of 46,196 million euro (Table 2) compared with a 44,265 million euro surplus in January- August 2018.

Reference period: August 2019

Date of Issue: 26 September 2019

Next release: 25 October 2019