Estonia's activity in foreign markets remained large in October 2017
The flash estimate1 put the Estonian current account at 33 million euros in surplus in October 2017. The surplus on the goods and services account was 74 million euros, which was 24 million euros more than a year earlier. Goods exports were up by 8% over the year and imports by 9%, and so the deficit on the goods account increased by 12 million euros over the year to 90 million euros. The surplus on the services account was 37 million euros larger than a year earlier at 164 million euros. Services exports grew by 12% and imports by 5%. The net outflow of investment income and current transfers, or the primary and secondary income accounts, increased by 5 million euros to 41 million euros.
The current and capital accounts were in surplus by a total of 68 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 fourth quarter of 2017 on 8 March 2018.
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