October 20, 2017 / 8:10 AM / a year ago

Euro zone adjusted current account surplus narrows in June

FRANKFURT, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The euro zone’s adjusted current account surplus narrowed in June and the annualised surplus also remained on a downward trend as expected, European Central Bank data showed on Friday.

The working-day and seasonally-adjusted current account surplus in the 19-country currency bloc fell to 21.2 billion euros ($24.90 billion) in June from 30.5 billion euros in May even as the balance from goods trade remained broadly unchanged.

The rolling 12-month surplus eased to 3.1 percent of the bloc’s gross domestic product from 3.5 percent a year earlier, confirming the ECB’s expectation of a narrowing gap in 2017.

The ECB expects the surplus to ease to 2.8 percent of GDP this year from 3.4 percent in 2016, then to hover just below 3 percent for the next few years.

But based on unadjusted data, the surplus actually surged to 28.1 billion euros in June from 17.9 billion euros, the data showed.

For more detail on current account data, please click on: here ($1 = 0.8514 euros) (Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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