ROME, FEBRUARY 16 – In 2022 exports will grow in value +19.9% while that of imports is more marked +36.5%. This was announced by Istat explaining that the increase in exports is driven in particular by the sales of non-durable consumer goods and intermediate goods; that of imports is mainly explained by the greater purchases of energy products. Last year the trade deficit amounted to -31,011 million (from +40,334 million in 2021), the energy deficit to -111,278 million (it was -48,356 million the year before). The surplus of the trade of non-energy products (80,267 million) is high but less large than in 2021 (88,690 million) explains Istat, specifying that the deterioration of the trade balance during the year has returned positive in the last two months . On average in 2022, import prices mark a growth of 18.5%, the highest since 2005, i.e. since the time series of the index was available; excluding energy, prices grow by an annual average of 10.3% (+4.7% in 2021). (HANDLE).
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