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Sri Lanka's April trade deficit widens 19.2 pct yr/yr
June 24, 2013 / 2:47 AM / 4 years ago

Sri Lanka's April trade deficit widens 19.2 pct yr/yr

COLOMBO, June 24 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s trade deficit widened 19.2 percent to $825.4 million in April from $692.6 million a year earlier, central bank data showed on Monday.

April exports fell 6.8 percent to $696.6 million compared with $747.8 million, while imports picked up 5.7 percent to $1.52 billion from $1.44 billion in the same month a year ago.

The trade deficit, however, narrowed 14.6 percent to $2.97 billion in the first four months of 2013 from $3.47 billion in the same period a year earlier. (Reporting by Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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