Eurozone trade deficit widens to 4.1 bn euros: Eurostat

BRUSSELS, June 17, 2011 (AFP) - The eurozone's external trade deficit widened to 4.1 billion euros ($5.8 billion) in April, the EU's statistics office said on Friday.

The external trade balance worsened both from March when the 17-nation eurozone posted a 1.6 billion euros surplus, and April 2010 it had recorded a deficit of 0.7 billion euros, said Eurostat.

Eurozone exports rose by 0.6 percent and imports by 1.1 percent in April from March on a seasonally adjusted basis.

The external trade deficit for the entire 27-member EU expanded to 15.9 billion euros in April, from a deficit of 10.6 billion euros in March and and 12 billion euros in April 2010.

Exports fell by 0.8 percent and imports by 0.1 percent in April from March on a seasonally adjusted basis.

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