The deficit was $1.87 billion in the month, down from $2.03 billion in January 2020, according to the bank’s balance of payments report.
The improvement was fueled by a decrease in the goods deficit, despite a lower services surplus registered in the month.
The figure was higher than market expectation as a group of 12 economists polled by Anadolu Agency this week projected a deficit of $1.7 billion for January, with their estimates ranging between $1.2 billion and $2.7 billion.
Turkey’s 12-month rolling deficit stood at nearly $36.6 billion in January, the bank said.
Gold and energy excluded current account posted a surplus of some $1.18 billion, down from $3 billion a year ago, it added.
Hurriyet Daily News