According to Istat, in September there was a conjuncture increase of 2% for exports, largely attributable to markets outside the EU (+4.1%) and a decrease of 1.3% for imports. Compared to the previous quarter, in the July-September period, exports increased by 1.7%, with a higher increase on the non-EU (+2.6%) than EU (+1%) markets. Purchases from abroad, however, are showing a decline of 0.4%. The growth trend in exports is significant also in September (+10.3%) and significantly higher than that of imports (+3.6%). The increase in exports was particularly strong on non-EU markets (+17.7%). In the period from January to September 2011 reveal similar trend growth rates for both exports (+13.5%), both for imports (+13.2%), with larger increases for non-EU markets. In September, the positive trend in exports is also confirmed in terms of volumes (+3.4% on September 2010), which fell for imports (-5.6%). During the year the growth of export volumes amounted to +5.7%, that of import to 1.7%. The growth trend of average unit values amounts to 9.8% for imports and 6.7% for exports. Net of energy, the respective growth rates are respectively +4.3% and +5.1%. In September, the trade deficit was 1.8 billion euro, equivalent to about half that of September 2010 (-3.7 billion). During the year, the deficit reached 23.1 billion, an increase over last year (-21.1 billion). However, in the same period, the non-energy balance (+22.1 billion) is on the rise over 2010 (+16.5 billion). In September, the most dynamic among the main industrial groupings were import (+19.8%) and exports (+22.9%) of energy products, intermediate goods exports (+12.8%) and non-durable consumer goods (+10.8% and import +8.1% export).The export growth in September was driven by sales of basic metals and fabricated metal products to Switzerland and France, and transport equipment (excluding motor vehicles) to France.
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