Vladimír Urbánek (Kurzy.cz)
Macroeconomics  |  November 06, 2012 10:27:21

CR - balance of trade surplus in September with 31.6 billion


According to preliminary data of border statistics in September year on year at current prices, exports rose by 0.6%, while imports fell by 3.3%. The trade balance showed a surplus of CZK 31.6 billion, which was by CZK 9.2 billion higher.

According to preliminary data of border statistics, seasonally adjusted exports fell by 0.6% and imports by 0.2%. The development trend shows a decline in exports by 0.3% and imports by 0.1%.

Y in current prices, exports grew by 0.6% (CZK 1.4 billion), while imports fell by 3.3% (CZK 7.7 bn). Imports fell for the first time since December 2009. Export companies based in the Czech Republic declined by 1.9% (CZK 3.7 bn) and exports of organizations located outside the Czech Republic increased by 9.1% (CZK 5.1 bn). Import company based in the Czech Republic declined by 5.3% (10.4 billionCZK), while imports of companies based outside the Czech Republic increased by 7.3% (CZK 2.7 bn).

As a result of the weakening of the CZK against two major currencies, foreign trade dropped expressed in euros (exports by 0.1% and imports by 4.0%) and dollars (export by 6.8% and imports by 10.4%).

The trade balance ended in September surplus CZK 31.6 billion, which was compared to the same month of 2011 by CZK 9.2 billion higher. Balance entities based in the Czech Republic recorded a surplus of CZK 8.8 billion (compared asset of CZK 2.2 billion in September 2011), the balance of subjects that are not based in the Czech Republic, showed a surplus of CZK 22.7 billion (against the positive balance CZK 20.2 billion in September 2011).

Surplus annual increase in industrial consumer goods by 3.2 billion CZK, intermediate products and materials by CZK 1.7 billion and machinery and transport equipment by CZK 1.4 billion.The deficit shrank for chemical products by CZK 1.6 billion and food and live animals 0.1 billion CZK. Deficit turned into a surplus in the balance of trade in raw materials by CZK 2.3 billion, beverages and tobacco 0.4 billion CZK. The deficit in trade in mineral fuels grew by CZK 1.9 billion.

Total exports of machinery and transport equipment fell by 1.8% (CZK 2.5 bn). Dropped especially exports of road vehicles (CZK 3.0 billion) and other transport equipment (by CZK 1.6 billion). Total imports of machinery and transport equipment fell by 4.1% (CZK 3.9 billion), of which the largest decline recorded for imports of road vehicles (CZK 1.8 billion) and machinery and equipment for the production of energy (by 1, 0 billion CZK). Machinery and transport equipment recorded a growth of exports and imports mainly telecommunication devices, by CZK 1.9 billion and CZK 1.6 billion.Imports of mineral fuels grew by 14.4% (CZK 3.2 bn). Oil imports in value terms increased by 9.8%, while in terms of volume dropped by 6.4%. Imports of natural gas increased by 80.0% in value terms and 35.5% in terms of volume.

The trade balance with EU countries reached CZK 62.6 billion surplus, which was by CZK 4.6 billion higher. With non-EU Trade balance deficit of CZK 31.0 billion, up by CZK 4.6 billion less. Surplus rose in trade with Germany by CZK 3.2 billion, Austria by CZK 1.8 billion, the United Kingdom CZK 1.4 billion and Slovakia by CZK 1.0 billion. Deficit dropped in trade with Korea by CZK 1.9 billion and China 0.3 billion and CZK deficit turned into a surplus of CZK 1.7 billion to improve the balance of trade with Ukraine. The deficit widened in trade with Russia by 2.4 billionCZK and surplus into a deficit trade balance deteriorated with Poland by CZK 1.6 billion.

In January-September exports rose by 8.0% and imports by 3.3%. The trade surplus amounted to CZK 237.8 billion, representing an annual increase of CZK 104.3 billion. Surplus increased mainly in machinery and transport equipment 64.7 billion CZK and manufactured material of CZK 19.9 billion. Grew Conversely, trade deficit with chemicals by CZK 4.8 billion and mineral fuels by CZK 4.7 billion.

The balance of trade in national concept (national balance of payments) reflecting the performance of the Czech economy in September 2012 showed a surplus of CZK 12.6 billion. Data on exports and imports of goods, calculated using data for VAT under this methodology are given in Table 8 and in the time series External trade in goods by the change of ownership (national concept).

Source: CSO
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