The first estimate for euro-zone trade with the rest of the world in March 2002 was a 9.1 billion euro surplus, compared with +2.8 bn in March 2001.
The revised February 2002 balance was +5.5 bn, against +1.5 bn in February 2001. Euro-zone trade recorded a surplus of 16.2 bn for the first three months of 2002, against a 1.9 bn deficit in 2001.
The first estimate for March 2002 extra-EU15 trade was a 0.8 bn euro surplus, compared with a 5.6 bn deficit in March 2001. In February 2002, there was a revised deficit of 2.3 bn, against -5.4 bn in February 2001. There was a deficit estimated at 7.0 bn in the first three months of 2002 compared with -25.2 bn in 2001. The figures come today from Eurostat, Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg.