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Netherlands eighth on trade surplus list

Netherlands eighth on trade surplus list

AMSTERDAM: The Netherlands is seventh on the list of countries with a trade surplus, the latest figures from the central statistics agency CBS show.

The country had a trade surplus of €77.3bn in 2014, the CBS says.

Top of the list are China and Germany with €383bn and €294bn respectively. Within the EU, the Netherlands is in second place behind Germany. A trade surplus is an indication of the competitive power of a country, but if it is too large or continues for too long it can lead to macro-economic instability.