Macedonia reports CA deficit of EUR 38.3mn in October 2012.

By bne IntelliNews January 2, 2013
The CA balance was a deficit of EUR 38.3mn in October, reversing surpluses of EUR 9.2mn in September and EUR 32.4mn in October 2011, according to data of the central bank. The annual change in the CA balance was driven by deteriorations in the merchandise trade deficit, the services account and the income account. The merchandise trade gap widened by 67.1% y/y to EUR 167mn in October, as exports declined by 7.1% y/y to EUR 261.5mn and imports expanded by 12.3% y/y to EUR 428.5mn. On the other hand, current transfers grew by 13.8% y/y to EUR 144.1mn in October. In Jan-Oct, the CA balance was a deficit of EUR 167.5mn or 2.1% of projected full-year GDP. The 10-month gap is 24.5% lower on the year. The improvement was caused mainly by strong growth of current transfers, and to a lesser extent by a smaller net outflow in the income account. Current transfers rose by 16.7% on the year to EUR 1.33bn in Jan-Oct. The merchandise trade deficit expanded by 7.3% y/y to EUR 1.44bn in Jan-Oct, as exports contracted by 3.3% y/y to EUR 2.55bn and imports edged up by 0.3% y/y to EUR 3.99bn. The annualized (Nov/11-Oct/12) CA gap reached EUR 170mn or 2.1% of projected 2012 GDP.
Balance of payments, EUR mn
2011 2012
Oct Jan-Oct Oct Jan-Oct
CURRENT ACCOUNT 32 -222 -38 -168
GOODS -100 -1,339 -167 -1,437
Exports, f.o.b. 282 2,637 262 2,551
Imports, f.o.b. -382 -3,976 -429 -3,988
SERVICES 7 89 -5 27
INCOME -2 -114 -10 -91
CURRENT TRANSFERS 127 1,143 144 1,334
FINANCIAL ACCOUNT -37 325 41 115
Direct investment 33 264 16 57
Portfolio investment -6 -31 -2 20
Other investment -63 92 26 38
Source: Central bank

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