Turkey’s current account deficit shrinks in March

Turkey’s current account deficit shrunk to $3.1 billion in March, a $666 million fall compared to the same month last year, according to a Turkish Central Bank report released May 11.        

The 12-month rolling deficit dropped to $33.02 billion in the third month of the year, down from $33.75 billion in February, according to the report.        

“This development in the current account is mainly attributable to a $793 million decrease in the deficit in goods item recording $2.8 billion,” the bank said.        

“On the other hand, in the same period, secondary income net inflows totaled $158 million, increasing $124 million, while services item net inflows totaled $672 million, increasing $41 million,” the bank added.  
The travel item, which is a vital part of services, received a net inflow of $749 million, rising $28 million year-on-year in March, the bank also said.        

Investment income, on the other hand, registered a net outflow of $983 million, up $287 million compared to the same month last year.        

“Direct investment registered a net inflow of $1.16 billion (increase in net liabilities), increasing $235 million compared to the same month of the previous year,” the bank added.

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