Mauritius trade deficit widens 7.1 pct in June

PUBLISHED: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:44:55 GMT

Mauritius said on Monday its trade deficit widened 7.1 percent to 6.21 billion rupees in June from the same period a year earlier, hit by a dip in exports of machinery and transport equipment.

The Indian Ocean island nation’s earnings from exports fell 15 percent to 7.37 billion rupees, the government’s statistics office said in a statement.

France was the main destination for Mauritius’s exports, followed by the United States and Britain.

Foreign sales of machinery and transport equipment declined to 621 million rupees from 1.48 billion.

Total imports fell 6.1 percent to 13.59 billion rupees. Some 19.9 percent came from China.

 (Reporting by Jean Paul Arouff; Editing by Aaron Maasho and John Stonestreet)

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