The euro area current account surplus increased in April, the European Central Bank reported on Friday.
The current account surplus totalled 23 billion euros (27.4 billion dollars) in April versus 18 billion euros surplus in the previous month.
The visible trade surplus widened to 27 billion from 24 billion euros, while the surplus on services trade held steady at 8 billion euros.
Primary income showed a surplus of 1 billion euros compared to a 2-billion-euro shortfall in March.
The deficit on secondary income rose to 13 billion from 12 billion euros a month ago.
In the 12 months to April, the current account surplus came in at 288 billion euros or 2.5 percent of euro area GDP compared to 239 billion euros or 2.0 percent of GDP a year earlier.