French trade deficit widened to EUR 5.54 billion in April 2017 from a downwardly revised EUR 4.78 billion in March but below market expectations of a EUR 6.0 billion gap. Exports fell 3.1 percent month-on-month to EUR 38.3 billion while imports decreased at a slower 1.0 percent to EUR 43.8 billion.
In April, sales went down for: aerospace industry products (-6.2 percent), pharmaceuticals (-1.4 percent), ships, train, bikes (-12.5 percent), perfumes, cosmetics, cleaning products (-5.5 percent), electrical and household equipments (-4.9 percent), various minerals (-10.6 percent), jewelry, toys, furniture (-3.6 percent), industrial and agriculture machinery (-1.6 percent), agriculture (-0.8 percent), automotive products (-3.9 percent), refined oil (-2.3 percent), wood, paper and cardboard (-0.3 percent). In contrast, outbound shipments went up for: and works of art, technical documentation publishing produtcs (28.5 percent), metallurgical and metal products (0.5 percent), chemicals (0.6 percent), natural gas, extractive industries, electricity (0.4 percent), textiles, leather (0.2 percent).
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Exports decreased to Asia (-6.1 percent), mainly to Taiwan (-75.3 percent), Kazakhstan (-20.6 percent), and China and Hong Kong (-10.6 percent); America (-6.9 percent), mainly Brazil (-38.7 percent) and the US (-1.6 percent); EU countries (-2.4 percent), of which Italy (-12 percent); Africa (-1.5 percent); and the Middle East (-9.3 percent).
Imports fell for: aerospace industry (-1.8 percent), jewelry, toys, furniture (-3.7 percent), metallurgical and metal products (-0.4 percent), ships, trains, bikes (-7.3 percent); rubber products, plastics, various minerals (-2.4 percent), textiles, leather (-1.6 percent), automotive products (-0.1 percent), chemicals (-1.0 percent); wood, paper, cardboard (-1.8 percent), industrial and agricultural machinery (-5.0 percent), works of arts, technical documentation, publishing products (-5.4 percent), refined oil (-7.1 percent), and perfumes, cosmetics, cleaning products (-3.4 percent). In contrast, outbound shipments rose for : pharmaceuticals (4.1 percent), natural hydrocarbons (3.4 percent); electrical and household equipments (0.3 percent).
Imports fell from America (-7.5 percent), mainly from Brazil (-15.1 percent) and the US (-13.7 percent). By contrast, imports rose from Africa (10.5 percent), the Middle East (3.8 percent), Asia (0.4 percent) and the EU (0.3 percent).