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Cyclical developments in the euro area current account

Michael Fidora ()

Economic Bulletin Boxes, 2018, vol. 5

Abstract: The euro area current account balance stood at the historically high level of 3.6% of GDP in the year up to the first quarter of 2018, slightly above the level of 3.5% of GDP recorded one year earlier. The slight increase in the current account surplus however masks significant decreases in the surplus on trade in goods (by 0.2 percentage point of GDP) as well as in the surplus on primary income (by 0.3 percentage point of GDP), which were slightly more than offset by an increase in the surplus on trade in services (by 0.5 percentage point of GDP). JEL Classification: F32, F41

Keywords: current account; income balance; trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-08
Note: 491968
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