Current account sees $4.9 bln deficit in March

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Turkey’s current account balance saw a deficit of $4.92 billion in March, according to official figures released on May 13.

The deficit was $120 million in the same period last year, said the Central Bank.

The bank’s balance of payments figures showed the country’s 12-month rolling surplus amounted to $1.46 billion.

“This development is mainly driven by a $3.55 billion increase in the goods deficit recording net outflow of $4.29 billion and $918 million decrease in the services inflow recording net inflow of $735 million,” the bank said.

The data also showed Turkey’s current account deficit- excluding gold and energy- posted a $1.16 billion deficit in March 2020.

Travel items, which constitute a major part of the services account, saw a net inflow of nearly $514 million, down by $529 million year-on-year in March.

“Direct investment recorded a net inflow of $796 million, decreasing by $14 million compared to the same month of the previous year,” it added.

An Anadolu Agency survey on Monday showed that economists had estimated current account balance to see a deficit of $3.6 billion in March.

Hurriyet Daily News

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