Turkey's current account posts surplus first time in 3 years

ANADOLU AGENCY
ANKARA
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Turkey's current account balance showed a surplus in August, for the first time in three years, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) announced yesterday.

According to the CBRT's balance of payments report, the country's current account surplus amounted to $2.59 billion in August, improving from $923 million deficit in the same month last year.

In September 2015, when a current account surplus was last observed, Turkey's current account balance recorded a surplus of $218 million.

"The surplus in the current account is mainly attributable to the $3.06-billion decrease in the goods deficit recording net outflow of $1.28 billion, as well as $741 million increase in net inflows in the services item realizing $4.63 billion," the CBRT said. The bank noted that the country's current account balance - excluding gold and energy - showed a $5.11 billion surplus in August, up from $2.44 billion in the same month of 2017.

"Travel item under services account recorded a net inflow of $3.69 billion, increasing by $461 million compared to the same month of the previous year," it said.

Official figures also showed that Turkey's 12-month rolling deficit totaled to $51.1 billion as of August, while the deficit was around $30.5 billion for the January-August period this year.

According to the economists in the AA survey, Turkey's year-end current account deficit would be $40.1 billion on average - varying between $37 billion and $45 billion. Turkey's annual current account deficit in 2017 was some $47.5 billion - around 5.6 percent of the country's gross domestic product. Over the last two decades, the country's highest annual current account deficit was recorded in 2011 with $74.4 billion. The country's new economic program, announced last month, is targeting a current account deficit-to-GDP ratio of 4.7 percent this year, 3.3 percent next year, 2.7 percent in 2020, and 2.6 percent in 2021.

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