Turkey’s current account posts $5.06B gap in April

Central Bank says 12-month rolling deficit totaled $3.3B

Turkey’s current account balance posted a $5.06 billion gap in April, widening from a $469 million deficit in the same month last year, the Turkish Central Bank announced on Friday.

According to the balance of payments figures released by the bank, the country’s 12-month rolling deficit totaled $3.3 billion.

The figure beat market expectation of $4.1 billion deficit in the month as the coronavirus’ impact started to be felt in earnest in mid-March and April.

An Anadolu Agency survey on Thursday showed that a group of 16 economists projected the current account deficit to range from $2.2 billion to $5.2 billion for the fourth month of this year.

The survey also revealed the end-2020 current account balance is forecast to register a $10.9 billion deficit.

The gap stemmed from an increase in the import-export gap to $3.8 billion, rising $2.3 billion from a year earlier and a net outflow of $240 million in the services item against a net inflow of $2.3 billion in April 2019.

Turkey’s gold- and energy-excluded current account balance registered a deficit of $3.3 billion, versus a surplus of $3.3 billion in April last year.

“Investment income under primary income account indicated a net outflow of more than $1 billion, decreasing by $111 million compared to the same month of last year,” the bank said.

Anadolu Agency

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