India's exports rose for the tenth straight month in August, growing an annual 22.5 per cent to $16.64 billion, government data on Friday showed.
Imports for the month rose 32.2 per cent to $29.7 billion, widening the country's trade deficit to $13.04 billion.
Exports during the April-August period rose 28.6 per cent to $85.27 billion.
Asia's third-largest economy is targeting close to 15 per cent export growth in the current fiscal year, following a drop of 4.7 per cent in the 2009/10 fiscal year as the global financial crisis-led slowdown crimped demand.
The August trade deficit has widened to a 23-month high and India's trade secretary has raised his projection for the full-year figure, but said the bulging deficit was not yet a problem and could be financed.