Swedish Trade Gap Hits Record High in August


Swedish trade deficit increased sharply to SEK 10.3 billion in August 2016 compared to SEK 2.7 billion in the same month a year earlier. It was the biggest trade gap on record, as exports decreased by 2 percent while imports increased by 7 percent. Trade with countries outside the EU resulted in a surplus of SEK 4.5 billion, while EU trade resulted in a deficit of SEK 14.8 billion.

The value of exports in August 2016 amounted to SEK 87.4 billion, while imports were valued at SEK 97.7 billion. Compared to August 2015, exports decreased by 2 percent in value while imports increased by 7 percent in value.

Trade with countries outside the EU resulted in a surplus of SEK 4.5 billion, while EU trade resulted in a deficit of SEK 14.8 billion.

Seasonally adjusted, the net trade deficit amounted to SEK 3.4 billion in August 2016, compared to a deficit of SEK 2.5 billion in July 2016. The corresponding figure for June 2016 was a deficit of SEK 1.6 billion.

In the first eight months of 2016, the value of exports decreased by 2 percent compared to the corresponding period one year ago, while the value of imports increased by 1 percent. Exports amounted to SEK 758.9 billion and imports were valued at SEK 764.9 billion, resulting in a deficit net trade balance of 6.0 billion for January – August 2016. The corresponding surplus figure for these months the previous year was SEK 17.8 billion.

Statistics Sweden | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
9/27/2016 9:55:36 AM