Chile: Current account registers a deficit amid increasing imports
November 18, 2011
In the third quarter, the current account balance recorded a deficit of USD 2.9 billion, a sharp retreat from the revised USD 0.3 billion surplus recorded in the previous quarter (previously reported: USD 0.2 billion). The reading exceeded market expectations of a USD 1.4 billion deficit. The current account deficit stemmed from the income balance deficit of USD 3.9 billion (Q2: USD 4.1 billion). In addition, the trade balance surplus narrowed as exports totalled USD 20.0 billion (Q2 2011: USD 21.1 billion), while imports increased to USD 19.2 billion (Q2 2011: USD 17.4 billion).