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)