India s exports fall in January, so do imports
New Delhi Feb 15 (IANS) India s exports plunged by 9.80 per cent to $24.38 billion in January from $27.03 billion worth of merchandise shipped out in December 2017 official data showed on Thursday.
However on a year-on-year (Y-o-Y) basis the exports for January grew by 9.07 per cent to $24.38 billion from $22.35 billion reported for the corresponding month of last year.
"Exports during January 2018 have exhibited positive growth of 9.07 per cent in dollar terms vis-Ã -vis January 2017. Exports have been on a positive trajectory since August 2016 to January 2018 with a dip of 1.1 per cent in the month of October 2017 " the Ministry said in a statement.
Exports during January 2018 were valued at $24 383.97 million as compared to $22 356.32 million during January 2017.
Conversely the country s imports during the month under review declined by 2.93 per cent to $40.68 billion in January 2018 from $41.91 billion in December 2017.
But on a YoY basis it increased by 26.10 per cent to $40.68 billion from $32.26 billion reported for the corresponding period of the previous year.
Consequently India s merchandise trade deficit on a YoY baisis widened to $16.29 billion during last month as against $9.90 billion in the corresponding period the previous year.