The current account surplus was smaller in September than a year ago
The flash estimate1 put the Estonian current account at 68 million euros in surplus in September 2018. Turnover was up on the previous September for both goods and services, though faster growth in imports meant the total surplus of goods and services shrank to 120 million euros. Goods exports increased by 1% and goods imports by 4%. The deficit on the goods account increased by 31 million euros to 51 million euros. The surplus on the services account was the same as a year earlier at 171 million euros. Services exports were up 3% over the year and imports 4%. The net outflow of investment income and current transfers, or the primary and secondary income accounts, increased by 7 million euros to 53 million euros.
The current and capital accounts were in surplus by a total of 102 million euros, meaning that the Estonian economy was a net lender to the rest of the world, so the country as a whole invested more financial assets abroad than it received from there.
1 The quarterly balance of payments is compiled from a combined system of representative primary data sources, including surveys of companies, while the monthly balance of payments draws from a considerably smaller database. Although the monthly report uses as much of the data available for the month reported as possible, including administrative data sources and reports on international payments, it is subjective to a certain degree, which is why it is called an estimate. Once the quarterly balance of payments is released, the monthly balances of payments are adjusted accordingly. For more on the principles used in compiling the flash estimate, see http://statistika.eestipank.ee/failid/mbo/kiir_mb_eng.html
Eesti Pank publishes the flash estimate of the balance of payments monthly for the last month but one. Eesti Pank will publish the balance of payments for the third quarter of 2018 on 6 December 2018.
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