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Trade surplus in Europe dropped in April

June 17, 2013 at 8:48 AM

BRUSSELS, June 17 (UPI) -- The 17-nation eurozone posted a $19.8 billion trade surplus in goods in April, the European Commission's data office Eurostat said Monday.

The surplus was a sharp drop from March's $30 billion surplus, but an increase from a year earlier.

From March to April, exports in goods dropped 0.8 percent while imports rose by 0.5 percent, which put a squeeze on the total.

The figures released Monday are considered a first estimate that could be revised as more data becomes available.

For the European Union, the 27-nation block that includes the eurozone, the trade balance in goods for April came to a surplus of $12.2 billion, a drop from March, when the surplus was $21.2 billion, but a significant gain from April 2012, when the trade balance had a deficit of $17.8 billion.

For the EU, exports fell by 0.2 percent March to April while imports remained stable, Eurostat said.

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