Latest Trade Deficit in Hungary “Significantly Larger” Than Expected

  • 9 Aug 2022 10:22 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Latest Trade Deficit in Hungary “Significantly Larger” Than Expected
Hungary had a 471 million euro trade deficit in June, a first reading of data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Monday shows.

The data show exports rose by an annual 13.0% to 11.873 billion euros, while imports increased by 24.1% to 12.344 billion euros.

For the period January-June, Hungary’s trade deficit reached 2.158 billion euros. Exports rose by 16.2% to 69.304 billion euros and imports climbed 27.4% to 71.462 billion euros.

Magyar Bankholding chief analyst Gergely Suppan said the deficit for the month was “significantly larger” than expected, following a 96 million euro gap in May.

Higher industrial output and factory gate prices are supporting exports, but strong demand and dearer commodities and energy prices are lifting imports, he added.

A slowdown in investment volume and consumption, paired with new production capacity and an easing of the semiconductor shortage, could improve the trade balance in the coming months, Suppan said.

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