France Balance of Trade  1970-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

France recorded a trade gap of EUR 7.94 billion in January of 2017, compared to an upwardly revised EUR 3.57 billion deficit in December while markets expected a EUR 3.70 billion shortfall. It was the largest deficit on record, as exports fell 7.7 percent month-on-month to EUR 37.19 billion while imports rose 2.9 percent to EUR 45.13 billion. Balance of Trade in France averaged -1106.90 EUR Million from 1970 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 2674 EUR Million in October of 1997 and a record low of -7940 EUR Million in January of 2017.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-01-06 07:45 AM Nov €-4.4B €-5.2B €-4.9B
2017-02-07 07:45 AM Dec €-3.4B €-4.4B €-4.2B €-3.7B
2017-03-08 07:45 AM Jan €-7.9B €-3.6B €-3.7B €-3.0B
2017-04-07 06:45 AM Feb €-7.9B
2017-05-10 06:45 AM Mar
2017-06-07 06:45 AM Apr




France Posts Largest Trade Gap On Record In January


France recorded a trade gap of EUR 7.94 billion in January of 2017, compared to an upwardly revised EUR 3.57 billion deficit in December while markets expected a EUR 3.70 billion shortfall. It was the largest deficit on record, as exports fell 7.7 percent month-on-month to EUR 37.19 billion while imports rose 2.9 percent to EUR 45.13 billion.

In January, sales went down for: aerospace industry products (-45.8 percent), pharmaceuticals (-1.3 percent), industrial & agriculture machinery (-0.1 percent), chemicals (-1.5 percent), electrical and household equipments (-3.1 percent), perfumes, cosmetics, cleaning products (-2.8 percent); ships, train, bikes (-4.7 percent) and refined oil (-4.0 percent). In contrast, outbound shipments rose for: textiles, leather (0.4 percent), agricultural products (1.2 percent), automotive products (0.6 percent);  jewelry, toys, furniture (7.2 percent) and  works of arts, technical documentation, publishing products (3.0 percent).

Exports declined to all destinations: America (-4.9 percent), Africa (-1.4 percent), the European countries outside EU (-3.6 percent), the Middle-East countries (-32.0 percent), the EU countries (-0.4 percent) and Asia (-29.8 percent).

Imports increased for: pharmaceuticals (34.0 percent), natural hydrocarbons (23.2 percent); works of arts, technical documentation, publishing products (8.7 percent); ships, trains, bikes (6.2 percent), industrial and agriculture machinery (3.9 percent), chemicals (2.0 percent); jewelry, toys, furniture (3.1 percent), electrical and household equipments (2.6 percent), metallurgical and metal products (4.9 percent) and perfumes, cosmetics, cleaning products (2.4 percent). In contrast, purchases dropped for: textiles, leather (-3.0 percent), agricultural products (-3.3 percent), automotive products (-0.5 percent) and refined oil (-2.7 percent).

Ministère de l'Économie et des Finances l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
3/8/2017 8:55:42 AM



France Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -7940.00 -3569.00 2674.00 -7940.00 EUR Million [+]
Exports 37192.00 40287.00 40287.00 1165.60 EUR Million [+]
Imports 45132.00 43856.00 45132.00 1151.90 EUR Million [+]
Current Account -6962.00 -1228.00 4784.00 -6962.00 EUR Million [+]
External Debt 4887517.00 4836113.00 4887517.00 3536444.00 EUR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -1.40 -1.40 3.40 -2.10 percent [+]
Terms of Trade 115.38 114.30 115.70 89.50 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 8335.00 4550.00 20881.00 -8809.00 EUR Million [+]
Capital Flows -29215.00 20693.00 59842.00 -48842.00 EUR Million [+]
Remittances 39.00 39.00 87.00 22.00 EUR Million [+]
Gold Reserves 2435.85 2435.82 3024.70 2435.38 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 17.00 17.00 58.34 15.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 5.60 4.55 5.60 3.38 [+]
Tourist Arrivals 84500.00 83800.00 84500.00 75000.00 Thousand [+]
Weapons Sales 2013.00 1734.00 4008.00 14.00 USD Million [+]



France Balance of Trade Notes

Since 2004, France has been recording trade deficits due the gradual erosion of the export-oriented industry, the appreciation of the EUR and the increasing dependency on imports of energy and manufactured products. In 2015, the biggest trade deficits were recorded with: China, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and Ireland; while the biggest trade surpluses were recorded with: the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE, and Qatar. This page provides the latest reported value for - France Balance of Trade - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. France Balance of Trade - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on March of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-7940.00 -3569.00 2674.00 -7940.00 1970 - 2017 EUR Million Monthly



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