Greece’s current account balance for October recorded a deficit of 871 million euros, higher by 82 million euros compared to a deficit of 789 million euros in October 2017, the Bank of Greece said on Friday.
In the same month, tourism revenues rose to 1.41 billion euros from 1.19 billion euros in October last year.
The Central Bank found that the services balance and primary income account improved, while the deficit of the balance of goods grew.
The surplus of the services balance increased, driven by an improvement in the travel balance, as non-residents’ arrivals and the corresponding receipts increased by 15.6 percent and 18.3 percent, respectively.
Improvement was also recorded in the transport and other services balance, with sea transport receipts rising by 32 percent year-on-year.
In the January-October 2018 period, Greece’s current account showed a deficit of 2.1 billion euros, up by 1.6 billion euros year on year, the Bank of Greece said, attributing the figure to “a deterioration in the balance of goods and the primary income account”.
The deficit of the balance of goods grew by 2.2 billion euros, despite the continuing upward trend of exports. Total exports of goods rose by 7.9 percent and total imports of goods grew by 7.3 percent for the 10-month period.
The surplus of the services balance increased by 1.2 billion euros, driven by the travel balance and transport balance.
More specifically, tourism-related revenue for the 10-month period came to 15.6 billion euros against 14.2 billion euros in the same period in 2017 and 12.8 billion in 2016.
According to the Bank of Greece data, in the January-October 2018 period, under direct investment, residents’ net external assets and liabilities (foreign direct investment) registered increases of 573 million euros and 3.0 billion, respectively euros.
The country’s reserve assets came to 6.5 billion euros against 6.6 billion euros in October 2017.