BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The euro zone’s trade surplus in goods with the rest of the world shrank last year because of higher imports, data from the European Union’s statistics office Eurostat showed on Friday.
Eurostat said the unadjusted trade surplus of the 19-country currency bloc amounted to 194.2 billion euros ($219 billion) in 2018, down from 234.9 billion in 2017.
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Euro zone imports increased last year by 6.2 percent, while exports rose only 3.7 percent compared to 2017.
In December the euro zone recorded a 17 billion euros trade surplus, down from 24.5 billion in December 2017.
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Eurostat did not provide a detailed breakdown of the imports and exports for the euro zone alone, but said the...
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