Kosovo's current account gap widened 4.2% y/y to EUR 147.6mn in the first half of 2013 as a result of a smaller net current transfers' surplus in Q2, preliminary data released by the central bank showed.
The merchandise trade gap inched up 0.2% on the year to EUR 923.7mn in H1, whereas the balance of services posted a surplus of EUR 137.9mn, up 7% y/y. On the other hand, the surplus on the income balance shrank 8.4% y/y to EUR 74.9mn.
Furthermore, the net current transfers surplus edged down 1.1% y/y to EUR 563.3mn in Jan-Jun due to smaller donor grants to the government of Kosovo. However, the value of remittances of Kosovar citizens living abroad rose 4.2% y/y to EUR 272.4mn.
Tourism revenue during the first six months of the year increased 8.6% y/y to EUR 144.3mn, while spending on tourist services abroad climbed 17.9% y/y to EUR 27.4mn. Accordingly, the Jan-Jun net tourism revenue went up 6.7% y/y to EUR 116.8mn.
The capital account posted a surplus of EUR 12.7mn in the first half of 2013, improving from EUR 1.6mn recorded a year earlier.
Meanwhile, the financial account surplus surged 59.7% y/y to EUR 143mn on the back of higher investment inflows in the country - up 66.4% y/y to EUR 143.4mn. As a result net FDI increased 75.6% y/y to EUR 137.8mn. The net portfolio investment registered the biggest deterioration in the financial account as its deficit more than doubled to EUR 136.2mn.
Finally, Kosovo's Jan-Jun 2013 balance of payments posted a surplus of EUR 8.3mn, which was 66.7% smaller than a year earlier.
|Kosovo's BoP, EUR mn||Q2 2012||Q2 2013||Change y/y|
|Net current transfers||569.4||563.3||-1.1%|
|Net Errors and Omissions||50.6||-9.1||-118.1%|
|Source: Kosovo c-bank|
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