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Italy posts 5 bln euro trade surplus year/year in December

ROME, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Italy posted a trade surplus with the rest of the world of 5.013 billion euros ($5.44 billion) in December, compared with 2.786 billion euros in the same month in 2018, data showed on Friday.

Exports rose 4.2% year-on-year, while imports declined 2.2%, national statistics office ISTAT reported.

With European Union countries, Italy registered a December trade deficit of 748 million euros, compared with 1.319 billion euros in December 2018.

Exports to EU nations in December were up 3.4% year-on-year, while imports increased 0.3%.

In 2019, Italy posted a global trade surplus of 52.940 billion euros compared with 39.280 billion euros in 2018. ($1 = 0.9223 euros) (Reporting by Antonella Cinelli Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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