The current account was close to balance in January 2018
The flash estimate1 put the Estonian current account at only two million euros in deficit in January 2018. The surplus on the goods and services account was the same as a year earlier at 26 million euros. Exports increased by 6% and imports by 10%. The faster growth in goods imports meant the deficit on the goods account was 47 million euros more than in January 2017 at 120 million euros. The surplus on the services account was 47 million euros larger than a year earlier at 146 million euros. Services exports grew by 17% and imports by 8%. The net outflow of investment income and current transfers, or the primary and secondary income accounts, increased by 5 million euros to 28 million euros.
The current and capital accounts were in surplus by a total of 25 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 first quarter of 2018 on 7 June 2018.
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