India's September trade deficit in goods at $2.91 billion

FILE PHOTO: Cargo containers are seen stacked outside the container terminal of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai, India, July 15, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India posted a trade deficit INTRD=ECI of $2.91 billion in goods in September, data released by the government showed on Friday.

Merchandise imports INIMP=ECI contracted 19.60% in September to $30.31 billion from a year ago while exports INEXP=ECI rose 5.27% to $27.40 billion, data from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry showed.

Total merchandise imports fell by 40.06% to $148.69 billion during April-September while exports were down 21.43% from the year-ago period to $125.06 billion, the data showed.

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Reporting by Aftab Ahmed and Manoj Kumar; Editing by Catherine Evans