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France : Merchandise Trade  
Released On 12/7/2017 2:45:00 AM For Oct, 2017
PriorPrior RevisedActual
LevelE-4.67 BE-4.64 BE-4.96 B
Definition
The merchandise trade balance measures the difference between imports and exports of goods. The level of the international trade balance, as well as changes in exports and imports, indicate trends in foreign trade and can offer a guide to an economy's competitiveness.
 

Why Investors Care
Changes in the level of imports and exports, along with the difference between the two (the trade balance) are a valuable gauge of economic trends here and abroad. While these trade figures can directly impact all financial markets, they primarily affect currency values in foreign exchange markets. Given the size of the French economy, the euro can be sensitive to changes in the trade balance. The bond market is also sensitive to the risk of importing inflation. This report gives a breakdown of trade with major countries as well, so it can be instructive for investors who are interested in diversifying globally. For example, a trend of accelerating exports to a particular country might signal economic strength and investment opportunities in that country.

Frequency
Monthly

Source
Ministry of Economy and Finance

Availability
Second week of the month.

Coverage
Two months previous.

Revisions
Yes

 

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