Trade Balance

RECENT NEWS  May 26  Comment 
STOCKHOLM (dpa-AFX) - Sweden's foreign trade surplus increased in April from a year ago, as imports fell and exports remained flat, preliminary figures from Statistics Sweden showed Wednesday. The trade surplus rose to SEK 4.4 billion in...
MarketWatch  May 25  Comment 
U.S. trade deficit widens with rise in import demand  May 25  Comment 
ROME (dpa-AFX) - Italy's foreign trade surplus with non-EU countries increased markedly in April from a year ago, as imports fell faster than exports, figures from the statistical office Istat showed Wednesday. The trade surplus climbed to...  May 24  Comment 
BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - Edited last paragraph Switzerland's trade surplus increased in April as exports recovered amid a fall in imports, data from the Federal Customs Administration showed Tuesday. The trade surplus increased to CHF 2.5...
Financial Times  May 23  Comment 
But stronger yen on back of big trade surplus knocks Japanese equities lower  May 23  Comment 
TOKYO (dpa-AFX) - Japan had a merchandise trade surplus of 823.474 billion yen in April, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday. That exceeded expectations for a surplus of 521.4 billion yen following the 754.2 billion yen surplus in...  May 22  Comment 
Like some of his predecessors, Osborne has to cope with a trade deficit and budget deficit at the same time Britain’s economic problem is easy to identify. As a nation, we live beyond our means. Consumption exceeds production. Exports are lower...  May 19  Comment 
OSLO (dpa-AFX) - Norway's merchandise trade surplus increased in April after falling in the previous month, to its highest level in three months, preliminary figures from Statistics Norway showed Thursday. The trade surplus rose to NOK...  May 17  Comment 
BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - The euro area trade surplus rose to a 3-month high in March on weak imports, Eurostat reported Tuesday. The trade surplus rose to a seasonally adjusted EUR 22.3 billion from EUR 20.6 billion in February. It was forecast to...


Trade Balance, also known as net exports, measures the difference between the value of goods a country exports and the value of the goods it imports. A positive trade balance indicates the country has a trade surplus and a negative trade balance means the country has a trade deficit. A country's trade balance is an essential value when calculating gross domestic product and is also useful when measuring to degree to which a country relies on imported goods.

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