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Spain’s trade deficit fell by 22.5 percent in 2016

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Staff Writer | Tuesday February 21, 2017 5:26AM ET
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Exports from Spain rose to their highest level on record, while the trade deficit fell to its second lowest level since 1997.

It left the economy with a trade deficit of €18.8 billion euros (£16bn) for 2016, while the value of exports reached €254.5bn, an increase of 1.7 percent over the year, according to Spain’s economy ministry.

Imports fell by 0.4 percent, down to €273.3bn.

Spain’s economy grew faster than the UK’s in 2016, reaching 3.2 percent according to the National Statistics Institute’s preliminary estimates.

Read more: Spain wants to start post-Brexit trade talks with Britain soon

Despite the positive data, overall unemployment in Spain remains at 18 percent, the result of a deep recession that saw its economy contract by 2.9 percent in 2012.

Unemployment among young people grew in 2016, reaching 44.4 percent, a legacy of the eurozone debt crisis which hit Spain particularly hard.


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