Italy Posts Largest Trade Gap In 4 Years


Italy's trade balance shifted to €0.57 billion deficit in January 2017 from €0.03 billion in the same month of the previous year while market expected €3.45 billion surplus. It was the first trade gap since January of 2015 and the biggest since January of 2013. Exports increased by 13.3 percent to €31.7 billion, led by higher purchases of coke and refined petroleum products and vehicles; while imports grew by 15.5 percent to €32.3 billion, as purchases of crude oil and coke and refined petroleum products rose the most. With EU countries, Italy registered a trade surplus of €0.3 billion while with non-EU ones a trade gap of €0.9 billion.

Year-on-year, exports rose 13.3 percent to €31.7 billion, boosted by higher sales of: coke and refined petroleum products (69.4 percent); vehicles (27.7 percent); pharmaceuticals (25.9 percent); and electrical equipment (16.2 percent). By main industrial groups, sales rose for: energy (75.7 percent); intermediate goods (11.4 percent); capital goods (14.1 percent); and consumer goods (9.4 percent).

The biggest increases in shipments were reported for: ASEAN (57 percent); Russia (39.4 percent); China (36.5 percent); the United States (35.8 percent) and Japan (28.8 percent). 

Imports increased 15.5 percent to €32.3 billion, led by gains in purchases of: crude oil (123.9 percent); coke and refined petroleum products (53.6 percent); vehicles (27.9 percent); natural gas (17.3 percent); and base metals (15.8 percent). By main industrial groups, purchases rose for: energy (62.5 percent); capital goods (13.1 percent); intermediate goods (15.9 percent); and consumer goods (2.1 percent).

The rise in imports mainly reflected the increase in purchases from OPEC countries (53.4 percent), Russia (43.3 percent), Turkey (29.6 percent), Austria (23 percent) and Spain (20.6 percent).

Istat | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
3/17/2017 9:36:57 AM