June 20, 2017 / 8:12 AM / 6 months ago

Euro zone current account surplus dips in April

FRANKFURT, June 20 (Reuters) - The euro zone’s current account surplus dipped in April as imports into the 19-member currency bloc increased and the services surplus eased, European Central Bank data showed on Tuesday.

The working-day and seasonally adjusted surplus narrowed to 22.2 billion euros ($24.8 billion) from 35.7 billion euros a month earlier. The rolling 12-month surplus eased to 3.2 percent of the bloc’s GDP from 3.4 percent a year earlier. The unadjusted surplus dropped to 21.5 billion euros from 46.4 billion.

The ECB earlier said it expected the current account surplus to decline somewhat this year, partly on higher commodity - especially oil - prices. The bank expects a drop to 2.8 percent of GDP from 3.4 percent, and for the reading to hover around the lower level for some years.

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$1 = 0.8963 euros Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; editing by John Stonestreet

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