July 05, 2018
EU28 current account surplus €63.9 bn and €47.5 bn surplus for trade in services
According to the latest report published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, “The EU28 seasonally adjusted current account of the balance of payments recorded a surplus of €63.9 billion (1.6% of GDP) in the first quarter of 2018, down from a surplus of €68.0 billion (1.8% of GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2017 and up from a surplus of €43.9 billion (1.2% of GDP) in the first quarter of 2017.”
However, in comparison to the fourth quarter of 2017, in the first quarter of 2018 both the surplus of the goods account (+€34.7 bn compared to +€41.1 bn) and the surplus of the services account (+€47.5 bn compared to +€49.9 bn) had decreased.
The report went on to state that the primary income account changed from a deficit into a surplus (+€2.3 bn compared to -€1.6 bn). On the other hand, the deficit of the secondary income account decreased (-€20.6 bn compared to -€21.5 bn), as did the deficit of the capital account (-€1.9 bn compared to -€4.2 bn).
Current account of Member States (including intra-EU flows)
Based on available non-seasonally adjusted data, in the EU28 Member States, the total (intra-EU plus extra-EU) current account balances recorded fourteen surpluses, eleven deficits, one in balance and two data which were confidential in the first quarter of 2018.
Notably, the highest surpluses were observed in Germany (+€71.5 bn), Austria (+€5.3 bn), Italy (+€4.8 bn), Czech Republic (+€2.3 bn) and Sweden (+€2.2), and the largest deficits in the United Kingdom (-€23.1 bn), France (-€13.0 bn) and Greece (-€2.8 bn).
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