August sees trade surplus of 1.7 billion USD hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam enjoyed a trade surplus of 1.7 billion USD in August, which brought the trade surplus for the January-August period to 3.4 billion USD, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

In the 8-month period, export value was estimated at 169.98 billion USD, up 7.3 percent on a yearly basis. The domestic sector earned 52.04 billion USD, up 13.9 percent, which was much higher than the 4.6 percent growth posted by the foreign-invested sector.

The share of the domestic sector in national export value also rose to 30.6 percent, compared to only 28.8 percent in the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the foreign-invested sector earned 117.94 billion USD, accounting for 69.4 percent of the national figure, and up 4.6 percent year on year.

Twenty six export items earned more than 1 billion USD each for the country, and together they accounted for 89.5 percent of the total export value.

In the period, the US was the biggest export market, buying 38.6 billion USD worth of Vietnamese goods, up 25.3 percent year on year. It was followed by the EU with 27.7 billion USD, down 0.5 percent. China came third with 23.8 percent, down 2.5 percent, and the ASEAN was next with 17.3 billion USD, up 3.6 percent.

The country spent 166.58 billion USD on imports in the 8-month period, up 8.5 percent from the same period last year, with the domestic sector spending 70.43 billion USD (up 13.9 percent) and the foreign-invested sector, 70.43 billion USD (up 4.8 percent).

China was the leading import market of Vietnam, selling 49.2 billion USD worth of products to Vietnam, up 18.2 percent, while the Republic of Korea came second with 31 billion USD, down 0.3 percent.

Next came the ASEAN with 21.6 billion USD, up 4.6 percent, and Japan with 12.4 billion USD, up 0.6 percent.-VNA