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France's balance of payments 2017Apr

Published on 06/08/2017
April current transactions deficit increases

The deficit of the current transactions account increases in April (-3.1 billion euros, after -2.1 billion in March, in seasonally and working days adjusted data). The deficit in goods deepens slightly (-3.7 billion, after -3.4 billion), despite unchanged energy imports. The surplus on services flattens (0.1 billion, after 0.6 billion).

Within the financial account (non-seasonally adjusted data), French direct investments abroad increase from 5.0 billion to 10.4 billion while foreign investments in France remain unchanged (2.9 billion, after 2.8 billion). Portfolio investments show net outflows of 46.5 billion. In the opposite direction, deposits and loans ("other investments") post inflows of 71.2 billion.
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(EUR billions)
2015

(a)
2016

(a)
Mar-17

(b)
Apr-17

(b)
Current account (seasonally and working-day adjusted) (1) -9,6 -19,0 -2,1 -3,1
Goods (2) -25,0 -26,8 -3,4 -3,7
General merchandise (3) -45,1 -47,9 -4,8 -5,5
Other goods (4) 20,1 21,1 1,4 1,8
Services 8,9 0,0 0,6 0,1
Travel 5,0 1,8 0,4 -0,3
Other services 3,9 -1,8 0,3 0,4
Primary income 50,8 52,8 4,2 4,1
Secondary income -44,3 -45,0 -3,5 -3,5
Capital account (not adjusted) 1,8 -0,0 -0,3 -0,1
Financial account (not adjusted) -12,2 -28,8 -21,3 -19,3
Direct investment -2,4 26,2 2,2 7,5
Abroad 37,5 58,4 5,0 10,4
In France 39,9 32,2 2,8 2,9
Portfolio investment 46,4 -3,6 -23,5 46,5
Assets 51,0 47,5 -12,4 37,0
Liabilities 4,6 51,1 11,1 -9,5
Financial derivatives 10,8 0,6 -2,3 0,6
Other investment -74,2 -54,2 3,1 -71,2
Reserve assets 7,2 2,2 -0,8 -2,7
Net errors and omissions -4,4 -9,8 -17,5 -16,6
(a) Yearly 2016 data.

(b) Provisional data.

(1) to (4) See methodological notes on page 2.
Source and production: BANQUE DE FRANCE - DIRECTORATE GENERAL STATISTICS
Current account - Goods and services balance
(EUR billions)
The series shown on this chart have been seasonally and working-day adjusted.
Methodological notes relating to page 1 table.

(1) Figures for monthly current account are seasonally and working day adjusted.

(2) Data on trade in goods are FOB-FOB values, which means without cost, insurance and freight. This expenditure is recorded in the services item. Exchanges of goods cover General merchandise published by the Directorate General of Customs and Excise (DGDDI), merchanting and methodological adjustments in order to ensure the comparability of French balance of payments with those of other countries and conformity with the international standards. The international standard for Balance of Payments statistics is released under the aegis of the International Monetary Fund. The key concept for the balance of payments is the concept of economic ownership which is consistent with the national accounts.

(3) General merchandise is compiled by the Directorate General of Customs and Excise (DGDDI). It contains all goods imports and exports which go in and out French territory.

(4) Other goods are compiled by the Banque de France. Other goods include some corrections and adjustment to the FOB-FOB values of goods exchanged, in order to include only the transactions entailing a change of economic ownership, as well as goods procured in ports by carriers and goods under merchanting.



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