Mauritius’ trade deficit widened by 18.6 percent to 8.25 billion rupees ($245 million) in May from the same period a year earlier, driven by higher imports of mineral fuels and lubricants, the statistics office said on Friday.
Imports rose 6.3 percent to 15.28 billion rupees, with minerals fuels and lubricants up to 2.66 billion rupees from 2.41 billion rupees in May last year.
Export revenue fell 5.3 percent to 7.02 billion rupees, Statistics Mauritius said in statement.
France was the main buyer of goods from Mauritius in May, accounting for 11.9 percent. India supplied 19.3 percent of Mauritius’ imports.
($1 = 33.7000 Mauritius rupees)
Reporting by Jean Paul Arouff; Editing by Katharine Houreld and Alexander Smith