July 2017 – Euro Area international trade in goods surplus EUR 23.2 billon, EUR 8.8 billion surplus for EU28
The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in July 2017 was EUR 177.7 billion, an increase of 6.1 % compared with July 2016 (EUR 167.6 billion). Imports from the rest of the world stood at EUR 154.6 billion, a rise of 8.2% compared with July 2016 (EUR 142.8 billion). As a result, the euro area recorded a EUR 23.2 billion surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in July 2017, compared with +EUR 24.8 billion in July 2016. Intra-euro area trade rose to ERU 145.6 billion in July 2017, up by 5.6 % compared with July 2016.
Second quarter of 2017 – Annual growth in labour costs at 1.8% in Euro area and 2.2% in EU28
Hourly labour costs rose by 1.8 % in the Euro Area (EA19) and by 2.2 % in the EU28 in the second quarter of 2017, compared with the same quarter of the previous year. In the first quarter of 2017, hourly labour costs increased by 1.4 % and 1.6 % respectively. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Second quarter of 2017 – Euro Area job vacancy rate at 1.9 % – EU28 rate at 2.0%
The job vacancy rate in the Euro Area (EA19) was 1.9 % in the second quarter of 2017, stable compared with the previous quarter and up from 1.7 % in the second quarter of 2016, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the EU28, the job vacancy rate was 2.0 % in the second quarter of 2017, up from 1.9 % recorded in the previous quarter and from 1.8 % in the second quarter of 2016.