Trade Balance in France

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France - Trade Balance (Euros)

Although fourth-quarter economic growth was undoubtedly bruised by last year’s ‘gilets jaunes’ protests, President Emmanuel Macron’s late-year concessions—including raising the minimum wage and cutting some taxes—appeared to contain the political crisis. Despite an improving labor market, consumer confidence plummeted in December amid the demonstrations. Retailers suffered in tandem, with the protests diverting crucial holiday-shopping sales. Moreover, industrial output fell sharply in November; although it ought to have been a one-off, it left the manufacturing sector reeling, nonetheless. In contrast, domestic demand appeared to be carried through year-end by fixed investment, which likely came away unscathed amid tight industrial capacity and despite flailing optimism among manufacturers. Exports, meanwhile, also look to have held up in recent months despite the relative strength of the euro.

France - Trade Balance (EUR) Data

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  
Trade Balance (EUR billion)-43.0  -42.7  -28.9  -34.5  -48.2  

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France Trade
Note: Trade balance (in EUR bn).
Source: Bank of France.

France Facts

ValueChangeDate
Bond Yield0.600.46 %Jan 30
Exchange Rate1.140.65 %Jan 30
Stock Market4,975-0.29 %Jan 30

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    March 22, 2019

    Industrial output expanded 1.3% from a month earlier and in seasonally-adjusted terms in January, on the heels of a revised flat month-on-month reading in December (previously reported: +0.8% month-on-month s.a.).

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