Estonia continued to be active in foreign trade in May
The flash estimate1 put the Estonian current account at 58 million euros in surplus in May 2018.
The surplus on the goods and services account increased from a year earlier to 96 million euros. Goods exports and imports were both up by 9%, meaning the deficit on the goods account was 8 million euros more than in May 2017 at 114 million euros. Services exports were up by 8% and imports by 2%, meaning the surplus on the goods account widened by 37 million euros to 210 million euros. The net outflow of investment income and current transfers, or the primary and secondary income accounts, was the same as a year earlier at 40 million euros.
The current and capital accounts were in surplus by a total of 84 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 second quarter of 2018 on 6 September 2018.
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