5302.0 - Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia, Dec 2009  
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MEDIA RELEASE
March 1, 2010
18/2010
Increase in current account deficit


Latest ABS figures show that in seasonally adjusted, current price terms, the current account deficit rose $2,728m (19%) to $17,459m in the December quarter 2009. Exports of goods and services decreased $266m and imports of goods and services increased by $1,572m.

In seasonally adjusted chain volume terms, the goods and services deficit increased $3,790m resulting in a deficit of $7,750m. This is expected to detract 1.3 percentage points from growth in the December quarter 2009 volume measure of Gross Domestic Product.

Australia's net International Investment Position (IIP) rose $12.4b to a net liability position of $768.6b in the December quarter 2009. Australia's net foreign debt liability increased $14.2b and Australia's net foreign equity liability decreased $1.8b.

Further details can be found in Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia (cat. no. 5302.0) available for free download on the ABS website at www.abs.gov.au
Media Note:
  • When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) as the source
  • December quarter national accounts (Australian National Accounts: National Income and Expenditure (cat. no. 5206.0) will be released on 3 March 2010.