Italy registers 30.4-bn-euro trade surplus for 2013
Positive balance due to 5.5% drop in imports18 February, 12:04
This was the biggest trade surplus since 1996, Istat said.
Removing energy imports from the equation would nearly triple the figure to over 85 billion euros, the institute added.
The positive trade balance was due to a 5.5% drop in imports as the country struggled to emerge from the longest recession in over two decades.
Exports showed a drop of 0.1% over 2013, the worst result since 2009, Istat said.