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Exports dip 15% on slow demand in Europe

business Updated: Sep 03, 2012 23:09 IST
HT Correspondent

Sluggish demand in North America and Europe saw India's exports decline by 14.8% to $22.4 billion (Rs 12,34,200 crore) in July as compared to $26.3 billion during the corresponding period last year.

The tally for the first four months of the current financial year stood at $97.6 billion (Rs 53,70,000 crore),a decline of 5.1% over the $102.9 billion (Rs 56,56,750 crore) during the corresponding period last year.

Imports too dropped by 7.6% to $37.9 billion (Rs 20,86,150 crore) in July, as oil imports slid by 5.5% during the month.

The monthly trade deficit for July stood at $15.5 billion (Rs 8,51,950 crore), the commerce ministry said on Monday.

So far the data indicates exports will remain sluggish in the coming months and the annual target of $360 billion (Rs 1,98,00,000 crore) may be missed substantially. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/9/04_09_12-buss22d.jpg

Exports had increased by 20.9% to $303.7 billion (Rs 1,67,04,050 crore) in the last financial year, surpassing the government's target of $300 billion (Rs 1,65,00,000 crore).

The cumulative value of imports for the period April-July 2012-13 was $153.2 billion (Rs 84,25,450 crore), 6.5% lower than the $163.8 billion (Rs 90,09,000 crore) of 2011-12.

The decline in exports and imports has narrowed the trade deficit as well. In April-July period, cumulative trade deficit stood at $55.6 billion (Rs 30,55,250 crore) that is lower than the deficit of $60.9 (Rs 33,52,250 crore) of 2011-12.