5302.0 - Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia, Dec 2016 Quality Declaration 
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MEDIA RELEASE
28 February 2017
Embargoed: 11:30 am (Canberra time)

Current account deficit narrows to $3.9 billion
17/2017
For the second quarter in succession, higher export commodity prices contributed to a narrowing of the current account deficit in the December quarter 2016, according to latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The seasonally adjusted current account deficit fell $6,348 million (62 per cent) to $3,853 million in the December quarter 2016. In seasonally adjusted terms, the balance on goods and services surplus in the December quarter 2016 is the highest on record at $4,667m. Exports of goods and services rose $9,668 million (12 per cent) and imports of goods and services rose $1,462 million (2 per cent). The primary income deficit rose $1,843 million (30 per cent).

In volume terms exports grew faster than imports this quarter and so international trade is expected to contribute 0.2 percentage points to growth in the December quarter 2016 Gross Domestic Product. In seasonally adjusted chain volume terms, the balance on goods and services surplus increased $700 million (49 per cent) to $2,124 million.

Australia's net international investment position was a liability of $1,021.6 billion at 31 December 2016, decreasing 2 per cent on the revised 30 September 2016 position of $1,041.4 billion.

Australia's net foreign debt liabilities decreased $25.6 billion (2 per cent) to a net liability position of $1,023.1 billion.

Australia's net foreign equity assets decreased $5.8 billion (80 per cent) to a net asset position of $1.4 billion.

Further details can be found in Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia (cat. no. 5302.0) available for download from http://www.abs.gov.au.

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