France Balance of Trade  1970-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

French trade deficit widened to EUR 4.7 billion in September 2017 from a revised EUR 4.2 billion in the previous month, but below market expectations of a EUR 4.8 billion gap. Imports jumped by 1.3 percent from the previous month to EUR 45.0 billion while exports rose at a slower 0.3 percent to EUR 40.3 billion. Balance of Trade in France averaged -1162.13 EUR Million from 1970 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 2674 EUR Million in October of 1997 and a record low of -7927 EUR Million in January of 2017.

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French Trade Deficit Widens Less than Expected in September


French trade deficit widened to EUR 4.7 billion in September 2017 from a revised EUR 4.2 billion in the previous month, but below market expectations of a EUR 4.8 billion gap.

Imports jumped by 1.3 percent from the previous month to EUR 45.0 billion in September, as purchases rose for: Refined oil (15.4 percent); aerospace industry (13.1 percent); chemicals (4.8 percent), and textiles, leather (2.1 percent). In contrast, purchases declined for: Perfumes, cosmetics, cleaning products (-4.3 percent); agriculture products (-0.1 percent); electrical and household equipment (-0.2 percent); jewelry, toys, furniture (-0.4 percent); industrial and agriculture machinery (-0.8 percent); natural hydrocarbons (-2.6 percent); automotive products (-5.2 percent); works of arts, technical documentation, publishing products (-6.4 percent); pharmaceuticals (-8.5 percent); rubber products, plastics, various minerals (-2.8 percent); computers, electronics and optical (-1.6 percent); agri-food products (-2.1 percent); ships, trains, bikes (-13.6 percent); wood, paper, cardboard (-1 percent), and metallurgical and metal products (-3.3 percent).
 
Imports went up from the Middle East (16.8 percent); Asia (0.6 percent), mainly from Thailand (7.5 percent), Taiwan (5.6 percent), Vietnam (2.9 percent) and India (2.7 percent); America (1.5 percent), mainly from Mexico (19 percent); and the EU (0.3 percent), mainly from the UK (3.2 percent). In contrast, purchases decreased from Africa (-3.6 percent).
 
Exports increased by 0.3 percent to EUR 40.3 billion, driven by higher sales of: Aerospace industry (7.8 percent); textiles; leather (0.5 percent); chemicals (3.2 percent); ships, trains, bikes (10 percent); jewelry, toys, furniture (0.1 percent); refined oil (34.6 percent); pharmaceuticals (1.7 percent); electrical and household equipment (2.1 percent); perfumes, cosmetics, and cleaning products (0.2 percent). Meanwhile, outbound shipments fell for: Wood, paper, cardboard (-1 percent); natural hydrocarbons (-1.3 percent); works of arts, technical documentation, publishing products (-26.4 percent); agriculture products (-2.4 percent); industrial and agriculture machinery (-4.2 percent); automotive products (-2 percent); agri-food products (-3.8 percent); rubber products, plastics, various minerals (-1 percent); computers, electronics and optical (-2.9 percent); and metallurgical and metal products (-3.9 percent).
 
Exports rose to America (3.9 percent); Africa (1.1 percent), and the Middle East (9.9 percent). In contrast, sales decreased to the EU (-0.5 percent), mainly to the UK (-4.8 percent) and Asia (-5.1 percent), mainly to Malaysia (-71.8 percent), Vietnam (-60 percent), India (-22.2 percent), and China & Hong Kong (-18.1 percent).

Ministère de l'Économie et des Finances l Chusnul Ch Manan | chusnul@tradingeconomics.com
11/8/2017 12:43:10 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-09-07 06:45 AM Balance of Trade €-6.0B €-4.9B €-4.5B €-4.2B
2017-10-06 06:45 AM Balance of Trade €-4.5B €-5.9B €-5.4B €-4.9B
2017-11-08 07:45 AM Balance of Trade €-4.7B €-4.2B €-4.8B €-4.1B
2017-12-07 07:45 AM Balance of Trade €-4.7B


France Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -4669.00 -4195.00 2674.00 -7927.00 EUR Million [+]
Exports 40295.00 40187.00 40371.00 1165.60 EUR Million [+]
Imports 44964.00 44382.00 45187.00 1151.90 EUR Million [+]
Current Account -3090.00 -1672.00 4784.00 -6463.00 EUR Million [+]
External Debt 4735352.00 4902448.00 4902448.00 3536444.00 EUR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -0.90 -0.20 3.40 -2.10 percent [+]
Terms of Trade 115.09 114.93 115.70 89.50 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 2948.00 2936.00 20881.00 -8809.00 EUR Million [+]
Capital Flows -2859.00 1724.00 59842.00 -48842.00 EUR Million [+]
Remittances 50.00 50.00 87.00 22.00 EUR Million [+]
Gold Reserves 2435.91 2435.91 3024.70 2435.38 Tonnes [+]
Terrorism Index 5.60 4.55 5.60 3.38 [+]
Tourism Revenues 4331.00 6127.00 6170.00 1426.00 EUR Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 84500.00 83800.00 84500.00 75000.00 Thousand [+]
Crude Oil Production 15.00 16.00 58.00 15.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Weapons Sales 2226.00 2080.00 4029.00 8.00 USD Million [+]

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France Balance of Trade

Since 2004, France has been recording trade deficits due the gradual erosion of the export-oriented industry, the appreciation of the EUR and the increasing dependency on imports of energy and manufactured products. In 2015, the biggest trade deficits were recorded with: China, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and Ireland; while the biggest trade surpluses were recorded with: the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE, and Qatar. This page provides the latest reported value for - France Balance of Trade - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. France Balance of Trade - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on November of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-4669.00 -4195.00 2674.00 -7927.00 1970 - 2017 EUR Million Monthly




balance of trade by Country
Country Last
Australia 1745.00 Sep/17
Brazil 5201.00 Oct/17
Canada -3179.70 Sep/17
China 381.74 Oct/17
Euro Area 26364.90 Sep/17
France -4669.00 Sep/17
Germany 24100.00 Sep/17
India -14018.80 Oct/17
Indonesia 895.00 Oct/17
Italy 3989.78 Sep/17
Japan 285.36 Oct/17
Mexico -1886.40 Sep/17
Netherlands 6258.00 Sep/17
Russia 10222.00 Sep/17
South Korea 7300.00 Oct/17
Spain -3226685.00 Aug/17
Switzerland 2917.62 Sep/17
Turkey -8134.57 Sep/17
United Kingdom -2754.00 Sep/17
United States -43495.00 Sep/17